Medway & Millis December 2019


Medway & Millis December 2019


Medway & Millis

Vol. 10 No. 12 Free to Every Home and Business Every Month December 2019

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Medway Public Schools Unveil

Brand-New HS Fitness Center

Fitness Center Paid for with $90K

in Local Donations

On Tuesday, November

12th, Medway Public Schools

unveiled a new fitness center at

Medway High School. Those

in attendance included booster

organizations, town officials,

school committee members,

coaches, school administrators

and students. Medway Board

of Selectmen Chair John

Foresto, Medway School Committee

Chair Susan Dietrich

and Superintendent Armand

Pires addressed guests.

The state-of-the-art fitness

center was fully funded by

$90,000 in generous donations

from local sports boosters, fundraising

organizations and ath-


continued on page 2

A Piece of Town History

Returns to Millis

By J.D. O’Gara

On Saturday morning, November

9, 2019, descendants of

Clark Clarence Thorne (1899-

1976), former Millis Fire Chief,

gathered at Niagara Hall with

members of the Millis Historical

Commission and members of the

Millis Fire Department to present

Thorne’s badge as an artifact to

be added to the town’s historical


“This is a great opportunity

to bring home the badge that

was part of this building,” says

Historic Commission chair Nathan

Maltinsky. “It’s also great to

receive a very prominent family


continued on page 3

U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Phillip Naugler, left, great grandson of

Clark Clarence Thorne (1899-1976), Millis native and former Millis

Fire Chief, is shown here with WWII Veteran, longtime Millis resident

and raconteur Buddy Shropshire (U.S. Coast Guard). Thorne family

members presented the Millis Historic Commission with Thorne’s

badge (shown, inset) on Saturday, November 9, 2019, to add to the

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continued from page 1

letics and education supporters.

“Without the tremendous donations

we received, this new fitness

center would not have been

possible,” Superintendent Pires

said. “Our students receive such

great support from the members

of the Medway community.

Not only will the center be open

to our sports programs, but all

Medway students will be able

to take advantage of this great

space for health and exercise.”

The fitness center is

2,088-square-feet and features

equipment from Cybex Treadmills,

Life Fitness and Hammer


All students will be able to

use the fitness center after school

from 2:45-4:30 p.m. Monday

through Thursday, when

Strength Coach Dale Fingar will

be supervising. Athletics teams

will also be able to sign up to use

it as a group with their coaches.

Athletic Trainer Sean Powers

and Fingar held an orientation

on Wednesday, Nov. 6, to show

students and staff members how

to properly use the equipment.

The new fitness center was

made possible through generous

donations from the following

groups and organizations:

• Medway Amateur Hockey

Association, Inc.

• Medway High School


• Medway High School

Soccer Boosters

• Medway Youth Football

and Cheer

• Medway Community


• Medway High School Field

Hockey Boosters

Photos show features of Medway High School’s new state-of-the-art

fitness center that was unveiled on Tuesday, Nov. 12. (Photos courtesy

Medway Public Schools)

• Medway Lions Club

• The Alex Handy Fund for

Youth Safety

• Medway Foundation for


• Medway High School Girls

Volleyball Boosters

• Medway Mustangs Gridiron

Club Inc.

• Town of Medway

• Medway High School

Basketball Boosters

• Medway High School Gold


• Medway Secondary Parent

Teacher Organization

• Medway High School

Lacrosse Inc.

• Medway Youth Flag Football

A plaque with the names of

the donors will be placed outside

the entrance of the center.

Millis Police & Fire to

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Millis first responders have

treated Millis seniors to a holiday

luncheon, held at Primavera

Restaurant, 20 Pleasant

Street in Millis. This year’s

luncheon will take place on

December 13 th , at noon.

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Millis Police & Fire

Conduct Toy Drive

for Families in Town

Donate New, Unwrapped Toys or Gift

Cards to Stations by Dec. 18th

By J.D. O’Gara

Years ago, the Millis Police

Department would do a community-wide

collection of Toys

for Tots for the U.S. Marine

Corps. Meanwhile, Det. Dale

Bickford, Millis school resource

officer, would do a separate toy

drive for needy families with

whom he interacted through

the schools. Four years ago,

then, it made sense to switch

approaches and make Bickford’s

local toy drive a townwide


Although Toys for Tots was

a worthy cause, says Det. Bickford,

“We decided to open it up

to the whole community, who

knew gifts were given back to

the community itself.”

If you would like to donate

a new, unwrapped gift, please

bring it by either the Millis Police

Dept., 1003 Main Street,

or the Millis Fire Dept., 885

Main Street, by December

18 th .

“We have to wrap all the

gifts,” says Det. Bickford, who

adds that members of the police

and fire unions put in that

effort themselves, as well as

make runs on their personal

time to purchase wish-list gifts

that might not have been donated.

Bickford says a handful

of community members help

with the wrapping night (this

year likely at the firehouse),

which usually includes hot

cocoa and pizza, but space

to accommodate wrappers is

limited, so participation is firstcome,


Det. Bickford, who gets a list

through school counselors, says

the drive is open to all requests.

“We don’t deny anybody.

Someone could live in a big

house, but that doesn’t mean

they have money. The biggest

thing about this is confidentiality,”

he says. He gets addresses,

names of children and their

ages, and he gives parents the

option to have members of the

Police or Fire Association deliver

the gifts or to pick them up.

When asked if there is a particular

age group that doesn’t

receive donations, Bickford

responds that teens could use

donations, particularly of gift

cards. The father of four points

out that while younger kids like

many presents to open, older

children generally have one

particular item they’d really

like to have.

“It’s the best feeling in the

world for young kids to get

something on Christmas day,”

says Det. Bickford, who notes

members of the police department

are locals themselves and

enthusiastically participate.

“I think people forget, police

officers are fathers, mothers,

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continued from page 1

in the town who’ve been part of

Millis history a long time.

According to the Millis Historical

Commission, lark Thorne

was born in 1899, in the family

farmhouse on the corner of

Main and Plain Streets, which

is now Harkey Real Estate. The

farm included the land that now

houses the Hardware Store,

Cliquot Club building, Milliston

Apartments, Stoney Brook

Apartments, McDonalds, and

Roche Brothers.

Clark’s father, John Clarence

Thorne, would use his farm’s

harnessed horse team to pull

the fire wagons whenever there

was a fire. Clark Thorne, who

himself had set the family barn

on fire when candling eggs as a

boy, became Chief of Niagara 1

Firehouse at the young age of 26

in 1925.

The Millis Historical Commission

goes on to state, “Clark

married Beulah Adams, and they

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lived at 64 Plain Street - 2 houses

down from the old farmhouse.

They had 2 daughters - Elizabeth

in 1934 and Nancy in 1936.

The current Maurer building,

across the street from the family

farmhouse, was then a one-story

building that was his car dealership

and repair shop. He would

drive car carriers to and from

Detroit to Massachusetts, and

park the carriers on Lavender

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Descendants of Clark Thorne’s gathered November 9th at Niagara Hall

to present an artifact to the Millis’ collection. From left, Jacqueline

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Mitch Bobinski, Millis Fire Chief Rick Barrett, Steven D’Antonio, Phillip

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the Skarp’s house, which is now

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When he retired from the car

business, Clark drove a canteen

truck to various work sites for the

worker’s breaks and lunches. His

hot dogs were the best around!

Clark passed peacefully in

1976, and is buried in Prospect

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Santa Foundation Continues Its Mission

Will Provide Gifts for 1,000 Local

Families in Need

By J.D. O’Gara

The Franklin-based Santa

Foundation might have said farewell

(for now) to its founder, Bob

Sullivan, but one thing is certain

– the legacy that he and his wife

Elaine built, that began with trying

to give a good Christmas to

two children 34 years ago, is

standing, unmoved. This year,

the Santa Foundation, which in

2018 provided 52,875 Christmas

gifts to 886 needy families, including

5,875 individuals, is poised to

distribute gifts to 1,000 families.

“The Santa Foundation is

planning on being around for a

long time. This will be our 34th

year helping families in need,” says

Richard “Dick” Timmons, Sullivan’s

partner and son-in-law, who

picked up the baton of the organization

this year. “We lost our beloved

founder, Robert F. Sullivan,


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and his wife, Elaine, has retired.

Bob and Elaine built a strong team

at the Santa Foundation.” The

backbone of that roughly 12-person

team, stresses Timmons, are

volunteers Jan Printice and Lia

Thomas, who keep the operation

going. “They have been handling

Mrs. Claus’ duties for many years

now, and we don’t plan on stopping

anytime soon.”

“Mrs. Claus” personally calls

families to inquire about Christmas

wish lists.

Since it began, the Santa Foundation

has delivered gifts to over

100,000 people. What began in

Franklin expanded to include

needy families in Medway Norfolk,

Wrentham and Millis, as

well as families in North Attleboro,

South Walpole, Bellingham,

Milford, Blackstone, Dedham,

Brockton, Woonsocket, Millville,

Sheldonville, Plainville, Holliston,

Medfield, Foxboro and Hopedale,

according to Timmons.

“It was an amazing gesture on

(Bob’s) part to do the two families

the first year to get this ball

rolling, and It’s been a very rewarding

experience to see it grow

from two families that first year

to almost 1,000,” says Timmons,

who says his own children have

learned to give by participating

in the Santa Foundation. “It’s a

very important thing to learn to

give,” says Timmons. “We have

kids who donate all their gifts to

the Santa Foundation.”

Thanks to the volunteers and

Sullivan Associates incurring the

costs of the foundation, 100%

of donations benefit those who

need it.

The Santa Foundation holds a

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The Santa Foundation, in its 34th rd year of providing Christmas gifts

and other aid to needy local families, is still going strong, despite losing

its beloved founder, Robert F. Sullivan, this past year. Find out more at On December 14 th , support this local effort at the Santa

Foundation’s Santa Breakfast, hosted by British Beer Company.

golf tournament fundraiser and

a calendar fundraiser each year,

and it has also received tremendous

support from Greenwood

Industries, Inc., 1776 Financial,

Middlesex Savings Bank, Sullivan

Associates, Diplacido Development,

Inc., The Salvation

Army, Medway Police, Norfolk

Fire Department and many others,

as well as private donations.

In fact, local sponsors help

The Santa Foundation spread

Christmas cheer by hosting Giving

Trees. Individuals can visit

the locations and take a tag off

the trees to purchase a gift to

give. The gifts are picked up by

volunteer Richard “Dick” Tomaino,

who drives a vehicle lent

for free by Planet Jeep of Franklin,

for the month. Some of those

locations nearby include:

• Dean College

• Postal Center Franklin,

279 E Central Street,


• Postal Center Milford,

9 Medway Rd., Ste. C,


• Postal Center Millis,

14 Milliston Rd., Millis

• Twin Shears Salon,

44 South Street, Wrentham

• King Street Deli,

390 King Street, Franklin

• British Beer Company,

280 Franklin Village Dr.,


• Norfolk Credit Union,

194 Main Street, Norfolk

• Middlesex Bank,

1000 Franklin Village Dr.,


• James Roadside Café,

850 Franklin St., Wrentham

• Thermo Fischer,

27 Forge Parkway, Franklin

• Dry Cleaning Pros,

474 King Street, Franklin

• Franklin Health & Rehab,

130 Chestnut St., Franklin

• Simon’s Furniture,

8 Summer Street, Franklin

• Tegra Medical,

9 Forge Park, Franklin

• Kimberley Clark,

1245 Grove Street, Franklin

• Remax Real Estate,

309 West Central St.,


• First Universal Church,

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Timmons notes that about

half of the Christmas presents for

needy families have sponsors, and

the other half are provided by

the foundation itself. Recipients

include homeless family shelters

and children’s homes.

As it has grown, members of

the Santa Foundation are grateful

for the donation last year of a

pre-fab 14’ by 28’ storage building,

in which they keep donated


The Santa Foundation doesn’t

only provide Christmas gifts. It

has grown to help folks in hard

times with bills they can’t pay as


“We paid out $45,965 last

year in rent, electrical, oil and

other family needs,” says Timmons.

Rent and mortgage alone

accounted for about $5,510.

“Bob was a big believer in we

never say no,” says Timmons,

who says the organization tries to

help all of those who reach out

once, working with local food

pantries, housing authorities, the

Salvation Army and St. Vincent

de Paul Society to help them with

further needs. “They all have a

story,” says Timmons.

If you don’t have the chance

to stop by one of these locations

to take a tag off the tree and provide

a gift, but you want to help

The Santa Foundation in its mission,

you can send a donation directly


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1 Joy St.

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You can also donate its website,

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Timmons and Korena Thomas,


Looking for a fun thing to do

with the kids for the holidays?

Come to the Santa Foundation’s

Santa Breakfast, at British Beer

Company, 280 Franklin Village

Drive, Franklin, at 9 a.m. on Saturday,

December 14th.

“This is usually a sell-out, so

call early,” says Timmons, who

encourages families to make reservations

with British Beer Company

(508) 440-5190. The Santa

Foundation sponsors tables to

include local children in need in

the event.

December 2019 Medway & Millis Local Town Pages Page 5

First Local Winter Farmers

Market at Fairmount Fruit Farm

Come Check Out Local Farmers,

Vendors and Artisans December 21st

By J.D. O’Gara

Farming isn’t an easy profession,

especially in wintertime.

CJ Koshivas, Fairmount Fruit

Farm Manager and grandson of

owner Charles Koshivas, says the

idea for a Winter Farmer’s Market

has been brewing for a while,

as the farm has had to adapt to

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changing times. After conversation

with the Franklin Agricultural

Commission (AgCom)

members, Koshivas decided to

make it happen, and thus, the

first Winter Farmers Market at

Fairmount Fruit Farm has been

put together. Opening day was

November 23rd, and it will take

place each month, this month on

December 21st. (Following dates

are January 25th, February 15th,

March 21st and April 18th.) The

monthly event will take place

from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. right

at Fairmount Fruit Farm, on the

border of Franklin and Medway

at 887 Lincoln St., Medway.

“We want to incorporate the

community and engage people

from this town,” says CJ, who

says Fairmount Fruit Farm has

run a few successful

kids’ farm classes as

well as a summertime

Farmers in Training

program for kids. “We

had talked about (a

winter farmers’ market)

as a family, getting

more recognition for

the farm and try to

remind people that

farms still exist in the

wintertime. They

don’t just shut down

in the fall and reopen

in the spring.”

At press time,

Koshivas was anticipating

the first

November opening

to take place

in the farm’s biggest

heated greenhouse, which

measures 50’ x 150’, and he had

several crafters and artisans confirmed.

Franklin Agway, in fact,

was sponsoring all the vendors

for this date, who included a

local fudge confectioner, jewelry

makers, Ziegler’s Market of Norfolk,

organic chicken and beef

from the Pumpkin Farm, Alure’s

Illustration, the Franklin Honey

Company, candle makers, a local

pickler and others. He was working

on beer and wine tasting for

fairgoers over age 21.

“We like our farmers,” says

Neal Hanlon, who’s owned

Agway with his wife, Melanie, for

four years. Sponsoring that first

event for farmers that were early

to sign up for the season, he says,

came natural. “We know they

support the community, and we

want them to survive. A Winter

Market is crucial to help them get

through lean times, when nothing

is growing. They get to rest,

but they don’t get any money.

They’re not getting rich – they’re

struggling, but they have a passion

for it.” Hanlon also applauds

CJ Koshivas for taking initiative.

Koshivas noted that he

wanted to put on an event that

wouldn’t disappoint.

“We didn’t want to flood the

season with too many markets that

we couldn’t put a lot into,” says

CJ. A monthly market seemed

something that would work well.

Vendors can still sign up for individual

dates. Set-up starts at

9 a.m. in the greenhouse, and

vendors should bring their own

tables and chairs, being allowed

to drive up to unload and park

in front of the farm stand for the

rain/shine/snow event. In the

case of cancellation due to inclement

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Sale Begins

And let the tree sale begin!....

wreaths, too! The Medway

Lions Club will, once again,

hold its annual Christmas Trees

and Wreaths sale to benefit

community activities and needs,

Lions Eye Research and various

other Lions charities.

The sale will run in December,

through the week leading

up until Christmas, the Lions

sale at Medway Plaza Shopping

Center on Main Street in

Medway will be open weekdays

3-8 p.m. and Saturdays and

Sundays 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Over 1,000 Balsam and Fraser

fir trees will be delivered

from a tree farm in northern

Maine. With the able-bodied

assistance of the Medway

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Trees are placed in stands for

customers to view upright. The

trees range in size from 6-8 feet

to the largest trees, standing

close to 14 feet tall. Tree Life,

a preservative to keep the trees

fresh, is also sold. Two sizes

of wreaths, 12 inches and 18

inches, are also available for

purchase. Some wreaths will be

already decorated to purchase

and hang without the fuss.

Lions’ members are available

to answer questions, assist

in providing a fresh cut to the

trunk and trimming branches,

as well as wrapping the trees,

and helping to put/tie the trees

either on top of/or in vehicles.

Lions’ members are also available

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Millis Lions Club to Host Its 50th Annual

Senior Citizen Holiday Dinner

All Veterans Living in Millis Invited to Join In

For 50 years, members of

the Millis Lions Club have been

serving up delicious holiday dinners

at the annual Senior Citizen

Holiday Dinner. Decked

out in black tuxes (sans jacket),

red bow ties and cummerbunds,

members are joined by Millis

High School students to serve a

plated holiday feast expertly prepared

by the Millis Lions Club

cooking team.

“We look forward to this

event every year. It is such a

special day, and it’s truly a community

event. We have the high

school band and chorus, the

Leos (the youth arm of Lions)

student council members, the

art club, and many Millis Lions

who help make it happen; not

to mention the generous donations

from Roche Brothers, Ann

& Hope and Dr. Dan Adler, all

of whom generously support

this event each year. Everyone

comes together to transform

the high school cafeteria into

a festive gathering place where

friends come together to share

a special meal. It’s become a favorite

event for so many of the

Lions and Leo’s who return year

after year to help,” said Millis

Lion and event coordinator,

Carol Baker.

The idea to host a holiday

dinner for senior citizens was

the brainchild of then Millis

Lions Club President, Sumner

Fierman, owner of the Millis

Hardware Store. At that time,

there was no Council on Aging

or Senior Center, and he felt it

was necessary for the Lions to

support those in the community

that helped to make the community

what it was.

The first delicious dinner

served 300 seniors and was

complimented with a champagne

toast and beautiful carols

being sung. A 7-foot Christmas

Tree was prettily decorated with

gold and silver garland and holiday

ornaments, and the Eddie

Winikers Family Band regaled

the crowd with holiday favorites.

A visit from Santa closed the afternoon.

“Since that first dinner in December

of 1969, dozens of Millis

Lions have served more than

8,000 senior citizens, and we are

looking forward to continuing

to serve this wonderful group of

Millis Citizens,” said Millis Lions

Club President, Paul LeBel.

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This year’s dinner will be held

at the Millis High School on Sunday,

December 15. Doors open at

12 noon and dinner will be served

at 1 p.m. For more information,

please contact Millis Lion, Carol

Baker at (508) 277-5869.

Medway Police in

Pursuit of Presents

Help Medway Police Department

“In Pursuit of Presents”

toy drive by bringing an

unwrapped gift with you to

the Medway Police Department

located at 315 Village

Street, 24 hours a day or on

Saturdays to Ocean State

Job Lot, Main Street (10

a.m. - 1 p.m.). Presents can

also be dropped off at any

of Medway Public Schools

during school hours or Town

of Medway, MA (lobby),

155 Village St. during office

hours. We look forward to

our Annual Santa night on

December 11 th at the Thayer

Homestead, 2B Oak Street.

More info. to come soon on

this event!

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Millis Terpischore 10th Annual Nutcracker

Dec. 6th, 7th, and 8th

ability to build and revisit a repertoire

as a professional company

might, but at little to no cost to

the participants. In the most

recent study of dance in Massachusetts

schools, conducted in

2008 by Bridgewater State University

of 157 respondents, only

10 schools (a combination of

public and private) offered true

performance programs, versus a

dance team for sports events or

dance programming during the

school day but with a minimal

performance component

The primary goal of the

group is to provide free dance

opportunities to the students of

the Millis Public Schools. We

strive to integrate the talents of

those who have been dancing a

lifetime with those who have just

begun their dance journey. This

fall, we offered three free dance

classes a week, including a ballet

class, jazz/ballet fusion, and a

turn class, as well as the chance to

perform in this year’s Nutcracker.

We rehearse different variations

of the show each day of the week

over the span of about seventeen

separate rehearsals, with MS and

HS students working directly

with elementary students. It is

truly a collaborative effort. In the

spring, we will again offer dance

classes for MS and HS students

as well as prepare for our Annual

Spring Recital.

The group was started 12

years ago as a collaboration between

the then senior Stacey

Kalivas and Stephanie Copice

to fill a hole in extracurricular

activities that no one even knew

existed. That first year, a dance

class fusing ballet, jazz, modern

and Indian dance was run each

week for an intrepid group of

five dancers, culminating in their

first performance in March of

2018. That fall, we offered our

first iteration of The Nutcracker,

a 20-minute showing featuring

about 20 performers in the Act

II Variations. The next year, we

expanded to a two-act performance

and added in elementary

and middle school performers.

Today, The Nutcracker presents

three performances and features

over 120 performers in the three

different casts. Students perform

original choreography by Stephanie

Copice, the director of the


Medway’s Rabbit Hill

Holiday House Tour 2019

Sunday, December 1, 2019, 2 p.m.- 5 p.m.

Join us for a walking tour of

six homes in the Rabbit Hill Historic


Meeting Location TBD

Tickets are $35/person,

Members and Seniors $30/person

Purchase tickets before the

day of the event at Medway

Town Hall, Town Clerks Office,

155 Village St, Medway or


com and search for “Rabbit Hill

Holiday House Tour”.

Tickets are limited. If tickets

are still available, they may be

purchased the day of the event

for $40/person

Medway Historical Society is

located at 223 Main St., Medway.

Visit their website at www., or

find them on Facebook.


Photos submitted courtesy of Stephanie Copice.

Terpsichore, the Millis MS/

HS Dance Club, proudly announces

its’ 10th Annual Production

of The Nutcracker. This

abridged, 90-minute, familyfriendly

version of The Nutcracker

features variations from

Tchaikovsky’s original score as

well as arrangements by Duke

Ellington. The cast features Millis

Public School students in grades

preK-12 in what has become

a local holiday tradition. The

shows are on Friday December

6, at 7 p.m., Saturday December

7, at 3 p.m., and Sunday December

8 at 2 p.m. Ticket costs are $9

adults, $7 students and seniors,

under 5 free. Ticket inquiries can

be addressed to Stephanie Copice


Proceeds from this production

are the primary funding source

for Terpsichore’s year-round programming.

Terpsichore is a unique dance

group in that they are an extracurricular

activity hosted by a

public school that offers all the

services of private dance school,

including classes, multiple performance

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Medway Celebrates

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Medway celebrated its veterans with

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11, 2019. The event included the honoring

the memory of one of Medway’s

most celebrated veterans, Col. Michael

Matondi, who chaired Medway’s veterans

celebrations in town for over half

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Blepharitis is also associated

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and inflammation of

the nearby oil glands of the eyelids

(called meibomian glands).

Blepharitis is also common in

association with a skin disorder

called rosacea. In this case, we

call the eyelid problem “ocular


What is ocular rosacea?

People who have acne rosacea,

a common skin condition causing

pimple-like bumps and facial

redness may suffer from ocular

rosacea. This can affect the eyelids

with redness and swelling. If

you have ocular rosacea, reduce

alcohol, caffeine and chocolate

in your diet. Omega-3 fatty acids

(fish oil and flaxseed oil) are also

helpful. Doxycycline or similar

derivatives can help improve the

dysfunctional oil glands as well

as both facial and eye symptoms.

Reducing stress and better sleep

are critical in controlling the


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Some people with oily (seborrheic)

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What if I get a stye?

A stye develops from an eyelash

follicle or an eyelid oil gland

that becomes clogged from excess

oil, debris or bacteria. Styes

can be a complication of blepharitis.

If you have a stye, treat it

like you treat blepharitis, and if

not better within two weeks, see

your ophthalmologist.

How is blepharitis


Blepharitis is often a chronic

condition, but it can be controlled

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• Warm compresses. Wet a clean

washcloth with warm water,

wring it out and place it over

your closed eyelids for at least

one minute. Repeat two or three

times, rewetting the washcloth

as it cools. This will loosen scales

and debris around your eyelashes.

It also helps dilute oil secretions

from nearby oil glands,

preventing the development of

a chalazion (stye)-an enlarged

lump caused by clogged oil secretions

in the eyelid.

• Eyelid scrubs. Using a clean

washcloth, cotton swab or

commercial lint-free pad

soaked in warm water and

few drops of baby shampoo,

gently scrub the base of your

eyelashes for about 15 seconds

per eyelid.

• Antibiotic ointment. Your ophthalmologist

may prescribe an

antibiotic ointment. Using a

clean fingertip or cotton swab,

gently apply a small amount at

the base of the eyelashes before


• Artificial tears or steroid eye

drops may also be prescribed

temporarily to relieve dry eye

or inflammation.

Specific treatment of demodex

blepharitis: A commercial eyelid

scrub combined with tea tree oil

may be effective for treating this

type of blepharitis. Shampooing

with a product containing a tea

tree extract is also helpful. The

target here is to reduce the population

of the mite (demodex).

Washing sheets and pillow cases

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Get ready for the holiday

season at the annual Jolly Holly

Fair, to be held at the Church

of Christ, Congregational on

Saturday, December 7, 2019

from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 142

Exchange St. (Rt. 115) in Millis.

This festive event is a holiday

shopping extravaganza

featuring unique gifts you won’t

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in hot water and drying with

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Avoid makeup for at least 1

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Other reported treatments of

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Hypochlorus acid which is

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is also a helpful cleaning solution

early to select from a wide variety

of handmade gifts, crafts,

needlework, jewelry, and other

specialty goods. The event will

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a Fancy Foods & Confections

table, a “Green Zone”, featuring

rooms full of recycled treasures

and holiday decorations,

and a Silent Auction, with an

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to kill demodex and tends to be

less irritating then tea tree oil.

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gift baskets and other items.

Special guest Santa will be

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and will be available for photos!

Admission to the Jolly Holly

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Medway HS Athletic Director

Honored with

Alfred Reinertson Award

Superintendent Armand

Pires is pleased to announce

that Medway High School Athletic

Director Jeff Parcells was

honored with the Alfred Reinertson

Award by the Nobscot

Valley Football Officials Association


Parcells was presented with

the award on Nov. 14 th at the

annual Nobscot Valley Football

Officials Association banquet at

Restaurant 45 in Medway.

Parcells was awarded with

the Alfred Reinertson Award

for his outstanding work in the

Tri-Valley Football league. This

award is given to an athletic director

who exhibits the strong

values of sportsmanship and

leadership in accordance with

the school’s football program.

The NVFOA is a nonprofit

organization committed

to training and developing its

members in order to serve the

local football community. The

NVFOA oversees the Bay State,

Medway Public Schools Superintendent Armand Pires, left, poses

with Athletic Director Jeff Parcells after Parcells was honored with

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Dual County, Hockomock and

Tri-Valley football leagues.

Each year the NVFOA holds

elections for coaches and athletic

directors awards.

“During his time at Medway,

Jeff has continuously striven to

grow and improve upon our

sports organizations,” said Superintendent

Pires. “This award

is a testament to his accomplishments

with our football program

and the positive impact

he has had on it.”



Medway Boy Scout

Santa Breakfast

December 7

Medway Boy Scout Troops

367 & 108 are holding their

annual Boy Scout Santa

Breakfast on Saturday, 12/7

from 7:30 to 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s

Parish Center, 145 Holliston

St., Medway.

This wonderful event is a

group effort by the two Boy

Scout units in Medway. Last

year, we served over 500 attendees

and anticipate this

year’s turnout will be even

larger. The scouts work diligently

to serve a delicious

breakfast consisting of eggs,

pancakes, ham, sausage, coffee,

tea, cocoa, milk and juice.

Santa will be in his North Pole

workshop to hear children’s

wishes for the holidays and

pose with the children for a

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Children Can Shop

for Gifts to Give at

Millis Recreation


A Gifting Experience for Kids

Do your children love to

choose their own gifts to give

for the holidays? Bring them to

the Millis Recreation Department’s

Holiday House and they

will have a great time doing

their own shopping accompanied

by our Elves and helpers.

They will have a chance to pick

out and custom package 4 small

gifts from our holiday store.

This is not a drop-off event, and

you must register in advance, so

we have enough awesome gifts

for everyone. Coffee served in the

waiting room for accompanying

adults. Please call (508) 376-7050

or email

to reserve slot.

Veterans Memorial Building,

Room 18, All Ages

Saturday, 12/7 1 session

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Entry Fee: $25, must register

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Millis Public Schools Begins

Analysis of MCAS Results

By Joan Lynn,

Director of Curriculum

The Massachusetts Department

of Elementary and Secondary

Education has released

the results of the spring 2019

MCAS assessments. The Millis

Schools is pleased with our

initial review of the data. Students

and teachers have continued

to work on enhancing

instructional strategies and

learning in the classroom; and

we continue to see the results in

the MCAS data.

We have historically focused

our initial analysis on the number

of students falling into the

top two categories – Exceeding

Expectations and Meeting

Annual Gingerbread Festival

at Medway Public Library

Friends of the Medway Library

will hold its annual Gingerbread

Festival on Saturday,

December 14th in the library’s

Cole Room. Children are invited

to show off their creativity by

decorating their own mini gingerbread

houses. Admission is

one bag of candy to share.

There will be two sessions,

each limited to 65 children. Sign

up for the 10 a.m. or the 11:30

a.m. time slots online via the

Medway Library website (www. Space is limited,

but there will be a waiting list.

Please also check out the

Sense and Sound Robotics club

bake sale during the event, and

take a chance by buying a raffle

tickets for an iRobot Roomba


Friends of Medway Library is a

non-profit volunteer organization established

in 1977. Our mission is to provide

funding to enhance library services,

to increase the use of the library through

programs and public awareness, and to

advocate for strong public library support.

All our funds are raised through

our book sales, memberships and donations.

With tight municipal budgets,

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Expectations. The data again

showed us that Millis students

are doing considerably better

than the state average. Millis

students continue to outscore

the state average in 5 out of 7

ELA categories, 6 out of 7 Math

categories and in all 3 of the

Science tests.

The Millis Public Schools

is succeeding in moving more

students into those top two categories.

This year’s results show

62% of the Millis students taking

the 3-8 ELA MCAS scored

in the Exceeding and Meeting

Expectations categories compared

to 52 across the state in

English Language Arts. For our

High School students, there was

a 10% increase over the state

with 71% of the Millis students

scoring in the top two categories.

In math, we saw similar results

with 61% of Millis students

scoring in those categories compared

with 49% at the state level

and 72 % of our tenth graders

outscoring the state’s 59%.

We believe that our focus on

personalized learning, student

voice/choice and standardsbased

learning has contributed

significantly to the good work

done by our students on the

statewide tests and other measures

of learning.

While we are pleased with

the majority of our data, we

have identified areas where we

need to improve and have developed

plans for enhancing

our strengths and addressing the

areas of need.

An initial MCAS presentation

was offered to the School

Committee in early October. In

addition, each of the principals

have presented data specific to

their schools in conjunction

with their School Improvement

Plans. Those presentations are

available through our local

cable station as well as posted

on our website,


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Millis Lions Club Field of Flags

Sales Support Fisher House

On behalf of the Millis

Lions, we would like to thank

the following people for their

support of our Veterans and

Fisher House.

The Fisher House Boston is

a home away from home where

our military families can stay

while a loved one is receiving inhouse

treatment at one of our

medical centers. Any veteran or

military personnel, wartime or

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family member stay at a Fisher

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Wishing you every happiness this

Holiday Season

and throughout the New Year!

Please note our special holiday hours

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Christmas Day • Wednesday, December 25th • Closed

“Kaleidoscope: Lights,

Colors and

Reflections of Winter”

Charles River Chorale to Perform

35 th Annual Holiday Concert

Come along for a joyous seasonal

event as the Charles River

Chorale presents “Kaleidoscope:

Lights, Colors and Reflections of

Winter” on Sunday, December

8th, from 4-6 p.m. The concert

takes place at the Medfield High

School auditorium, 88 South

Street in Medfield.

The concert features a wonderful

variety of classic and

contemporary arrangements of

holiday and seasonal music that

the whole family will enjoy. The

Chorale is led by Director Ashley

F. Nelson-Oneschuk and accompanied

by Assistant Director

Susan Fortin.

Joining the festivities again

this year is the Charles River

Children’s Choir, directed by

Lelia Tenreyro and accompanied

by Everard Huggins, which will

perform several lively seasonal

tunes sure to delight everyone.

Tickets are available at the




door and are $20 for adults,

$15 for seniors and full-time

students, and $10 for children

under 12. A special family price

of $60 is available for two adults

and two children.

There will be a raffle, holiday

sing-a-long, and all are invited to

the reception following the performance

where refreshments

will be served.

Drawing membership from

throughout the Charles River

Valley, the Chorale performs

two major concerts per year and

is available for other events as

well. The Charles River Chorale

is a non-auditioning choir under

professional direction, bringing

a variety of engaging, enriching

and enjoyable choral music to the

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December 2019 Medway & Millis Local Town Pages Page 15

The Medway Foundation for Education Announces

Fundraising Events for 2020

The Medway Foundation for

Education (MFE) a non-profit,

all volunteer organization committed

to promoting excellence

and innovation in the towns

public schools, will host several

fundraisers this coming year.

100% of funds raised are distributed

through a grant distribution

process, for teacher initiated

programs and technologies that

benefit the school children of


Our Annual Trivia Bee will be

held on February 26th. Sharpen

your trivia skills and join us in this

year’s MFE Trivia Bee! where

colleagues, businesses, friends,

Charles River Bank a

Platinum Sponsor for

Medway Foundation

for Education

Charles River Bank President

and CEO Jack Hamilton (left)

and AVP/Medway Operations

Manager Nancy MacLeod (center)

present a donation check of

$1,000 to the Medway Foundation

for Education (MFE), represented

by Vice President Susan

Olson (right), as a Platinum

Sponsor for their Dodging for

Education Dodgeball Tournament.

MacLeod also serves as a

MFE Board Member.

teachers and students compete

against each other in a zany battle

to reveal Medway’s top trivia

team! Musical clues provided by

Dave Verdalino, our master of

ceremonies. Get your imagination

fired up, and sign up today,

before this opportunity buzzes

away from you! To register your

team, go to or

contact President Brian Gray at

Bgray_123@ya-hoo. com

“Dodging 4 School” dodgeball

tournament will be held on

Saturday, March 21st, 2018 from

11 a.m. -7 p.m. at the Medway

Middle School, 45 Holliston St.

Medway. A fun filled day is in

store and teams from outside of

Medway are welcome. Costumes

and team names are encouraged.

The tournament will be broken

down into age/grade divisions.

Grade divisions will be; 1-2,

3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-12. Cost is $160

per team of 8 players. Deadline

for registration is March 10th.

1st and 2nd place winners will

be recognized in each division.

Prizes will be given in each division

for 1st place and best team

costume. Sign your team up now

by going to

For questions, email

or find us on Foundation

for Education. Special

thanks to our tournament sponsor

Charles River Bank

Get ready to don your best

Derby hats, dresses, suits and

bow-ties for our Kentucky Derby

Gala on May 2nd at the Thayer

House in Medway. This fun filled

evening will include “Run for the

Roses” themed food and beverages,

a silent auction, music and

games, and of course, airing of

the Kentucky Derby. Tickets go

on sale mid-March and will go


MFE has partnered with

Baystate Textiles to provide textile

donation bins located in the

parking lot of all four Medway

schools. These bins collect clothing,

linens, stuffed animals, coats,

shoes, blankets, towels etc. The

items collected are utilized locally

in the following ways; 45% Reused,

30% turned into whipping

cloths, 20% converted to fibers

and 5% is contaminated and is

waste. Please consider donating

your unwanted textiles. To date

the MFE has received $5,200

from Baystate Textiles through

this program.

The Medway Foundation for

Education is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit

organization formed in

2001. The MFE provides grants

for innovative programs not already

covered by the Medway

school budget. Last year over

$17,937 was awarded to eight

worthy grant requests. The Medway

Foundation for Education

has funded over $325,000 to date

and is in the process of creating a

long-term endowment fund. For

more information, please visit Like us


or follow us

on Twitter @MFE_Medway.

Support Medway

Library’s Makerspace

Robotics Team!

Team to Compete in January, Will Hold

Bake Sale, Raffle December 14 th

Come support the nonprofit

group Sense and Sound Robotics

and its robotics team, which

meets in the Medway Library’s

Makerspace. The group will

hold a bake sale and a raffle for

a Roomba I7 on December 14 th ,

during the library’s Ginger Bread

Festival, approximately 10:30

a.m. until 1 p.m.

The team will compete for the

second year this coming January.

Page 16 Medway & Millis Local Town Pages December 2019

Central Norfolk County Regional

Emergency Planning Committee

Thanks Doug Forbes

Jeff Trust, Executive Secretary

of the Central Norfolk

County Regional Emergency

Planning Committee, on behalf

of the towns of Bellingham,

Canton, Dedham, Medfield,

Millis, Medway, Norfolk, Norwood,

Sharon, Walpole and

Westwood recently presented

Mr. Douglas Forbes with a Certificate

of Appreciation upon his

retirement as Local Government

Coordinator for the Massachusetts

Emergency Management


Mr. Trust goes on to say,

“With the great support of

Doug Forbes and his team, our

region is a safer place in which

to work and live. The Central

Norfolk County Regional

Emergency Planning Committee

works and trains with local,

state, federal governments, first

responders, private industry and

utility companies.”

Advent andChristmas

Services at the Church of

Christ, Millis

The Church of Christ, Congregational

at 142 Exchange

St., (Rt. 115) Millis, will hold a

number of special Advent and

Christmas services in December,

and everyone in the community

is welcome to attend.

On Mondays, December

2, 9, 16 and 23, at 7:30 p.m.,

the church will hold Taizé services,

which are quiet, peaceful

and contemplative, and include

music, prayer and candlelight.

On Wednesday, December

18 at 7 p.m., the church will

hold a Blue Christmas service,

which is a time of worship

and support for those who are

grieving or experiencing a difficult

life event, and which acknowledges

that for some of us,

this is not “the most wonderful

time of the year.”

The church will also hold

two Christmas Eve services

on Tuesday, December 24.

The Family service at 6:30pm

will use interactive stories and

familiar carols to joyfully celebrate

the birth of our Savior.

The Candlelight and Communion

service at 10 p.m. is a

more relaxed and quiet time

where everyone is welcome to

share communion.

For more information, visit or call (508)


Network of Enterprising

Women (NEW) Monday,

December 2, 2019

Time: 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Location: Cheryl Cohen

Mosaics, 360 Woodland St. 2nd

floor, Holliston.

Member Jen Powell speaks

about “Genealogy: A Top 10

List of things to know about

ferreting out your ancestors.”

Light breakfast provided.

Guests welcome; free admission

for 1st time guests and

current members; $20 for all

others. For more info see www.


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December 2019 Medway & Millis Local Town Pages Page 17

Medway High School Senior Recognized by

Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents

Superintendent Armand

Pires is pleased to announce

that he has presented Medway

High School senior Ram Tysoe

with the Massachusetts Association

of School Superintendents

(M.A.S.S.) Academic Excellence


Tysoe was nominated by the

faculty and staff at Medway

High School.

The M.A.S.S. Academic Excellence

Award is presented by

the superintendent to a deserving

student in each school district

throughout Massachusetts.

To be considered for the award,

the student must be a member

of the senior class with a cumulative

GPA that places them in

the top fifth percentile of their

class. The nominee must also

consistently demonstrate traits

of leadership, social responsibility,

respect for their fellow

students and involvement in

various aspects of the school


Tysoe has excelled both academically

and musically while at

Medway High School. He is a

member of the National Honor

Society and has previously

been awarded the University

of Rochester George Eastman

Young Leaders Award for his

leadership activities at school

and in the community.

Tysoe has also been a member

of the school chorus for

the past four years and is the

longest-standing member of

his chorus section. Outside of

school, Tysoe attends voice and

piano lessons. He is also involved

in the Central District of

the Massachusetts Music Educators


As Tysoe prepares for college

in the fall, he plans to pursue a

degree in music.

Superintendent Armand Pires (left) with Medway High School senior

Ram Tysoe who was presented with the Massachusetts Association of

School Superintendents Academic Excellence Award at the Medway

School Committee meeting on Thursday, Nov. 14. (Photo courtesy

Medway Public Schools)

December Events

at the Millis Public


“We’ll Make it a Pleasure

Whether it’s Vacation or

Business Travel!”

Thursday, December 5, 7 p.m.—

Author Kerri Maher will be presenting

her book, The Kennedy

Debutante, a captivating historical

novel following the exploits of

Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy, the

forgotten and rebellious daughter

of one of America’s greatest political


Saturday, December 14, 3

p.m.—Copley Cats and Trills n’

Chills Holiday Concert. Returning

favorites Trills n’ Chills

and Boston-based a cappella

group The Copley Cats will perform

again. This is their 4th joint

concert appearance. This fantastic

program is free, and all age

groups are welcome.

All programs are held in the

Roche Bros. Community Room

in the Library which is located

at 961 Main Street in Millis.

Please call (508) 376-8282 for

more information.

NOW through December

31st. Library patrons can have

their overdue library fines waived

by participating in the FOOD

FOR FINES Program. The Library

will accept donations of

non-perishable food items for the

Millis Ecumenical Food Pantry

—in lieu of fines.

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Page 18 Medway & Millis Local Town Pages December 2019

Newsweek Announces Top

5,000 Schools as Named by

Millis High School

Earns No. 4861 Spot

Millis High





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baseball with

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Physics class.

Photo courtesy

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Newsweek announced its

ranking of the top 5,000 STEM

[Science, Technology, Engineering,

and Math high schools for

2020, honoring excellence in

science, technology, engineering,

and mathematics. Millis High

School was ranked 4,861. With

its long history of reporting on

scientific breakthroughs, technological

revolutions, and societal

challenges, Newsweek partnered

with to rank America’s

Best STEM High Schools.

The list includes schools in every

region of the country that offer

skilled teachers who keep up

with developments in these fields

and who create dynamic learning

environments to engage their


The top 5,000 schools were

curated from Educational

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a proprietary scoring logic that

took into consideration a broad

set of quantitative and qualitative

data inputs collected from

Q2 2015–Q3 2019. The purpose

was to determine which

primary/secondary institutions

in America best offer students

experiences in science, technology,

engineering, and mathematics

(STEM)—as defined by

the Congressional Research Service—while

preparing them for

post-secondary outcomes. Additional

factors, including affluence

and median household income,

were taken into consideration in

compiling the rankings.

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Calendar of Events

Through December 29th

Festival of Lights, Fatima

Shrine, 5-9 p.m. each night

(December 16 Autism-Friendly

night with no flashing lights or

music), 101 Summer Street,


December 1

2019 Rabbit Hill Holiday

House Tour to Benefit Medway

Historical Society, 2-5 p.m.,

Limited tickets ($35/pp or $30

pp for members and seniors)

at Medway Town Hall, Town

Clerk’s Office, 155 Village St,

Medway, or visit https://www. and

search for “Rabbit Hill Holiday

House Tour”. If available, dayof

tickets will be $40.

December 2

Network of Enterprising

Women (NEW), 8:30-10:30

a.m., Cheryl Cohen Mosaics,

360 Woodland St. 2nd floor,

Holliston. Member Jen Powell

speaks about “Genealogy: A

Top 10 List of things to know

about ferreting out your ancestors.”

Light breakfast provided.

Guests welcome; free admission

for 1st time guests and

current members; $20 others.

or email

December 5

Kerri Maher, Author of The

Kennedy Debutante, Millis Public

Library, 961 Main St., Millis,

(508) 376-8282

December 6

Terpischore presents 10th

Annual Production of The Nutcracker,

7 p.m., Millis High

School, 245 Plain St., Millis, $9

adults; $7 students & seniors;

free under 5. Email ticket inquiries

to Stephanie Copice at Proceeds

fund Terpischore, Millis

Middle School/High School

dance club.

December 7

Santa Breakfast with Medway

Boy Scout Troops 367 & 108 &

Venturing Crew 367, 7:30-11

a.m., All you can eat breakfast

of pancakes, scrambled eggs,

sausage, ham, coffee, cocoa,

milk, juice, pictures with Santa,

Silent Auction, St. Joseph’s Parish

Center, 145 Holliston St.,

Medway, $6 adults; $4 seniors

& children 4+, under 3 free;

max $20 per family

Jolly Holly Fair, 9 a.m. – 2

p.m., Church of Christ, Congregational,

142 Exchange

St., (Rte. 115), Millis, Santa

will stop by 9 a.m. – noon and

will be available for photos.

Admission free; proceeds from

sales benefit ministry. Visit or contact

the church office at (508) 376-


Millis Recreation Dept.

presents Santa’s Holiday House,

a Gifting Experience for Kids,

10 a.m. – 12 p.m., $25 (register

in advance), Veterans Memorial

Building, Room 18 All Ages

(508) 376-7050 or email

to reserve


Terpischore presents 10th

Annual Production of The Nutcracker,

3 p.m., Millis High

School, 245 Plain St., Millis, $9

adults; $7 students & seniors;

free under 5. Email ticket inquiries

to Stephanie Copice at Proceeds

fund Terpischore, Millis

Middle School/High School

dance club.

December 8

Terpischore presents 10th

Annual Production of The Nutcracker,

2 p.m., Millis High

School, 245 Plain St., Millis, $9

adults; $7 students & seniors;

free under 5. Email ticket inquiries

to Stephanie Copice at Proceeds

fund Terpischore, Millis

Middle School/High School

dance club.

Charles River Chorale &

Charles River Children’s Chorus

present Kaleidoscope; Lights,

Colors & Reflections of Winter,

4 p.m., Medfield High School,

88 South St, Medfield, Concert

tickets can be purchased

through chorale members before

the concert or at the door.

Adults: $20; Seniors & Students:

$15; 12 & under: $10; Family

(4+): $60; raffle & refreshments


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December 11

Medway Police Annual Santa

Night, Thayer House, Choate

Park, Medway

December 14

Annual Gingerbread Festival,

Medway Public Library, 26

High St., Medway, 2 sessions 65

children maximum each, at 10

a.m. and at 11:30 a.m. in the

Cole Room. Children decorate

their own gingerbread house.

Admission is a bag of candy to

share. Sign up at

The Copley Cats and Trills n’

Chills Holiday Concert, 3 p.m.,

Millis Public Library, 961 Main

St., Millis, (508) 376-8282

Exsultet! presents “All the

Magic, All the Music” featuring

Jubilate!, 7:30-9 p.m., Allin

Congregational Church, 683

High Street, Dedham.

Classical Holiday Family

Concert with the Claflin Hill

Symphony Quartet, 3 p.m.,

Hopkinton Center for the Arts

,98 Hayden Rowe St., Hopkinton,

Join the Claflin Hill

Symphony String Quartet and

the HCA for a new Holiday

event for the entire family with

traditional classical music and

holiday favorites. Pre- and postevent

festivities will include an

instrument petting zoo, face

painting, and refreshments. All

ages are welcome. Sponsored by

Scott’s Landscaping. $15 for kids

& seniors I $20 adults general


December 16

Autism-Friendly Night at

Fatima Shrine Festival of Lights,

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Rep. Roy office hours, 8:30-

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December 18

Norfolk County Register of

Deeds at Millis Council on Aging,

1 p.m., Millis Senior Center, 900

Main Street, Millis

December 21


Winter Farmers Market, 10

a.m. – 2 p.m., Fairmount Fruit

Farm, 887 Lincoln St., Franklin

(on Medway town line), local

farms, vendors, artisans, and

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Charles River Bank

Proudly Sponsors

Annual Medway

Christmas Parade

Fatima Shrine Festival of Lights

Celebrates Season

Charles River Bank’s President and CEO Jack Hamilton (center)

presents a donation check of $1,000 to the Medway Christmas

Parade Committee, represented by (L-R) Town of Medway

Treasurer/Collector Joanne Russo, Vice President of EPCO Inc.

Richard Parrella, Town of Medway Assistant Town Clerk Charlene

Tingley and Tim Rice, professional photographer and owner

of Tim Rice Photo. This year’s parade was to be held on Saturday,

November 30th. Submitted photo.


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You are invited to the 2019

Festival of Lights at Our Lady of

Fatima Shrine, Summer Street

right in Holliston, one of our

best kept secrets. Each year, the

Xaverian Missionaries at Fatima

Shrine and some 60 faithful volunteers

provide a Seasonal Light

and Music show that welcomes

all visitors to the wonders of the

birth of Jesus Christ. The Festival

of Lights begins November 30th

and runs to December 29th. The

lights are from 5-9 p.m. each

night. In the Hall, there is place

to warm up as well as enjoy hot

chocolate, coffee or tea, munchkins

and fellowship.

The Gift Shop is open all

throughout this time period, with

extended hours until 9 p.m. The

schedule of Masses throughout

December is as posted: 11 a.m.

Sunday Mass, Sunday Rosary

at 3 p.m., Saturday Mass is at 10

a.m. and Confessions on Saturday

at 3 p.m. Daily Masses are in the

small chapel in the residence/office

building at 7:30 a.m. Monday

through Saturday. Holy Hour is

celebrated every Thursday evening

at 7 p.m. in the small chapel.

Parishes and schools may

schedule an event at the Shrine.

Please contact the Shrine Director

at (508) 429 2144.

There will be a Pasta Dinner

Saturday evening December

14th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets

are to be purchased at the office,

after Church or in the Gift store

by December 12th. No tickets

are available the night of the dinner.

There will be a sacred concert

of songs offered by the St.

Cecilia Parish Choir of Ashland

on Sunday December 15th at

3 p.m. There is ample parking.

There will be tickets available in

the Hall for a cash raffle that will

be pulled on the evening of December

24th. The grand prize will

be $3,000. Second prize is $1,000

and the third and fourth prizes are

$500 each.

The Festival of Lights was

begun in the early 1950’s and has

been part of the Holiday tradition

in many families, no matter

the creed. All are welcome.

On Monday, December 16th,

there will be a special night for

families with members who

may be on the autistic spectrum.

There will be no music or flashing

lights all that evening long so that

those who are affected by music

and flashing lights may enjoy a

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December 2019 Medway & Millis Local Town Pages Page 21

Sort Out Your Assets Before You Tie the Knot

Americans are getting married

later than ever, according

to the U.S. Census Bureau. The

median age at first marriage has

risen from 27.1 for men and

25.3 for women in 2003 to 29.8

for men and 27.8 for women in

2018.1 While a variety of factors

influence this trend, an important

one is the widespread belief

that education, a job, and some

financial stability should precede

wedding bells.

The result: People acquire significant

assets before they marry

and may be set in their ways.

This adds to the challenges of

setting up a new home together.

But with a lot of honesty—and

a little planning—it’s possible to

realize the dream of domestic

tranquility. Here is a to-do list to

get you started.

Have the money talk: As adults

who probably have established

careers and paper trails, you and

your fiancé may have accumulated

debts as well as assets. It’s

a much better idea to stage the

big reveal now than to risk a big

surprise later (like being turned

down for a car loan or apartment).

And while you’re at it,

take the time to check your credit

scores and fix any mistakes.

Is an estate plan necessary?

Consider creating an estate plan

to lay out how assets will be held

and—if necessary—to provide

for dependents. An estate lawyer

can also advise you about setting

up a trust to secure harder-toquantify

assets, such as stock options,

an existing business, or an

anticipated inheritance.

Don’t forget home sweet home:

If you’re moving into a property

one of you already owns, consider

who will pay the mortgage

(if there is one) and whether the

property should be re-titled.

How will household finances

and tasks be divided? Discuss the

division of household finances

as well as household financial

chores. Will you keep money

meant for day-to-day spending

in separate accounts, or will it be

commingled? No matter the arrangement,

someone will have to

pay the bills. Will the person who

pays the bills also take the lead

with savings and investments?

Check on benefits: Finally,

be sure to update workplace

benefits for both you and your

soon-to-be-spouse. Update beneficiaries

on IRAs and 401(k)s.

Also update beneficiaries on existing

life insurance policies, and

examine your coverage to see if it

is still appropriate. As your family

circle expands, so does the circle

of those whose well-being you’ve

committed to protect.

Americans overwhelmingly

cite love over financial stability as

a reason to marry.2 But why not

have your (wedding) cake and eat

it, too? As is so often true in life,

communications and planning

are keys to success—whether

you’re talking about your finances

or your relationship.

1 “U.S. Census Bureau Releases

2018 Families and Living Arrangements

Tables,” United States Census

Bureau, November 14, 2018. 2 A.W.

Geiger and Gretchen Livingston, “8

Facts on Love and Marriage in America,”

Pew Research Center, February

13, 2019

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Medway Community Farm

Raises Roof with Hoedown

Approximately 100 people attended

the Medway Community

Farm’s first annual Hoe Down

Fundraiser, which was a great

success for the farm, celebrating

its 10th year in existence. New

faces who had not previously

had any contact with the farm

attended, and the general feedback

was that it was exactly the

type of community event the

farm should have. The food

had a fall theme, with much of

it provided by the farm. Dishes

such as roasted sweet potatoes,

butternut squash lettuce cups,

pumpkin bread and pumpkin ice

cream, provided by TC Scoops,

was enjoyed by everyone. Despite

the cold weather, several people

ventured out to the patio under

the heaters.

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to the food pantries along

with much needed equipment


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Siblings of currently enrolled

students will have priority enrollment

status; thereafter applicants

from all 13 communities

in the school’s district will have

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winter parking ban will go into

effect on Sunday, December 1,

2019 at 1 a.m. and remain in effect

until further notice.

During the winter parking

ban, on street parking will not be

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Consider Donating

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this Holiday Season!

In the spirit of the Holiday

Season, consider donating to two

local organizations that embody

“Neighbors Helping Neighbors”:

The Millis Fund and The Millis

Ecumenical Food Pantry.

The Millis Fund

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providing financial assistance to

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The Millis Ecumenical

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The Millis Food Pantry serves

Millis residents on the first and

third Wednesday of the month

and every Saturday. The hours

are 10 a.m.-noon. Clients may

shop every other week. Monetary

and non-perishable food

items are welcome all year

round. Checks may be mailed to:

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Millis Girls Soccer


3 rd Straight Sectional


By Christopher Tremblay,

Staff Sports Writer

The Millis girls’ soccer team

(12-4-4) would enter the Division

4 South Tournament as the

number five seed. After defeating

Cohasset (4-1), Rising Tide (5-1)

and Sturgis West (2-0) the Mohawks

found themselves in yet

another Championship contest.

Millis’ opponent would be Hull,

the number three seed.

Junior Courtney Bickford buried

a rebound off a shot by Abby

Miller sending the ball into the

upper right hand corner off the

net to give the Mohawks a 2-1

win and their third straight Division

4 South Championship. The

victory also gives Millis the right

to play in the State Semi Finals

against Amesbury. Millis and

Hull had crossed paths in last

year’s Sectional Championship

with the results being the exact

same; a 2-1 Millis win.

“It was almost like we hit the

replay button from last year,”

Mohawk Coach Steve Bailen

said. “We came out on top, we

feel great and are looking forward

to the (State) Semi’s.”

Hull opened the scoring in the

first half when Lauren Anastus

hit sophomore Nina Tiani, who

scored to give Hull a 1-0 lead.

Millis’ Sydney Bailen knotted the

score at one when she took a shot

from 20 yards out, Hull keeper

Carly Donovan couldn’t handle

the shot and the ball hit the back

of the net.

“We matched them speed for

speed,” the Millis Coach said.

“We knew that they had some

great speed down the middle and

on the wings. That being said, we

have some great speed, too.”

Prior to Bickford depositing

the game winner, Hull thought

that they had scored the goahead

goal. With five minutes

left in the game, Hull’s Hannah

Duran scored on a corner kick,

but before the celebration could

begin, the goal was called off.

Prior to the ball crossing the goal

line, Millis goal keeper Caileen

Adams was interfered with, and

the goal was taken off the scoreboard.

“The way these girls have

played all year when we were up

or down a goal, they kept their

composure,” Bailen said. “They

were not distracted by the stuff

going on the field.”

In addition to their third

straight Sectional Championship,

Millis will be looking to

secure their third straight Division

4 State Championship.

The Mohawks have defeated

Amesbury, the same team they

will face again this year, in the

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Medway Boys’ Soccer

Captures DIV 3 South Title

By Christopher Tremblay,

Staff Sports Writer

Last fall, the Medway boys’

soccer team were eliminated

from the Division 3 South

Tournament in the Quarter

Finals 2-1 on penalty kicks to

Norton. In late October of

this year, the Mustangs got

somewhat revenge when they

stopped the Lancers 17-game

unbeaten streak with a convincing

5-0 win at Norton. Although

it was a good feeling to

be the one to stop the Lancers,

it wasn’t the revenge win Medway

really wanted.

Having defeated Fairhaven

and Randolph in convincing

fashion, 7-1 and 8-0 respectively

in the first two rounds

of this year’s Divisional Tournament

before taking care of

Scituate 2-1 in double overtime.

Up next was the Championship

game against familiar

Tri-Valley foe Norton.

The game would go scoreless

for 100 minutes (80 minutes

regulation and 20 minutes

overtime) before the two teams

headed to penalty kicks. Luke

Fagerson and Troy Newman

found the back of the net for

Medway while senior Mustang

goalie Kyle Regan had stopped

all three Norton shots.

Shooting in the fourthround,

Danny MacDonald

scored yet again for Medway

and the celebration was on.

The victory gave the Mustangs

their second Sectional Championship

under Coach Neill

Brandon during his six-year

tenure. Medway will now face

Bedford in the State Semi Finals

for the right to take part in

the Championship game.

“We had the better chances

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for sure. These two teams are

very familiar with each other,

there are no secrets here,” the

Medway Coach said. “It’s redemption.

The support from

the town was fantastic, it’s a

great feeling for Medway.”

During regulation play,

Medway seemed to have the

edge, but wasn’t quite able to

be able to muster goal worthy

shots on the Norton net

minder Derek Alexander. The

Mustangs had a goal taken

away due to an offside, Fagerson

was in close but was denied

by Alexander and twice Medway

saw the ball roll inches

past the net.

“This was exactly the kind

of game that we expected,

Brandon said. “It was hard

fought, intense and chippy at

times. This win was well deserved.”





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Harrington Sets High Goals for Medway’s Ice Hockey



Staff Sports Writer

Derek Harrington’s first year

as the Medway High boys’ icehockey

coach hit some bumps in

the road early, but as the season

progressed, his rookie campaign

got high marks.

The Mustangs, who finished

with an overall record of

9-10-2, were Tri Valley League

Small Division champions after

compiling a 6-2 mark. They

also qualified for the Division

2 Tournament, where they

blanked Dedham, 1-0, in their

opener before losing to eventual

State champ Canton.

Not bad for a squad that

started its season at 0-5-1. And,

the transition from Medway’s

jayvee coach to varsity chief

actually went smoothly for Harrington,

who coached Medway’s

junior-varsity contingent for

18 years and also was assistant

head coach for Chris Dwyer and

Chris Ross.

“The transition was rewarding,’’

Harrington said. “We

started slowly, regrouped, and

made some adjustments. Bouncing

back was a testament to the

kids’ perseverance. They worked

hard for the TVL Small Division

title and a berth in the playoffs.’’

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The 48-year-old Harrington

stressed defense in his first year,

and his skaters responded in a

disciplined and dedicated fashion.

His players were a bluecollar,

lunch-pail gang, and he’s

optimistic his second year at the

helm will feature improvement.

“The kids are now familiar

with me, and they know

what my expectations are,’’

Harrington noted. “We’ve got

some definite strengths. With

15 players returning, we’ve got

kids with some experience. Our

depth is good, the players are

fundamentally sound and have

a high hockey IQ. Our goaltending

is strong, our scoring should

be good and our defense will be


Harrington’s objectives for

his second season, which gets

underway on Dec. 14 against

Oliver Ames at the Franklin

rink, are pragmatic. “We want

to improve daily, repeat as

TVL Small Division champs,

and qualify for the tourney.

This time, however, we want

to go deeper and battle for the

Sectional and State championships.

All those goals are within


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are talented, focused and have

leadership qualities that should

set the tone for the 2019-2020


“Colin is hard skater who

has a strong shot and a quick

release,’’ Harrington said. “A

hard-nosed, physical player, he’s

a good communicator who’s a

supportive captain. Nick is focused

and shows commitment

to the program. A strong skater,

he’s instinctive and has a high

hockey IQ. Cole has good hands

and can move the puck. His

shot is accurate and he finishes

strong. An excellent penaltykiller,

he was our No. 2 scorer

last year (8 goals, 7 assists).’’

Two senior forwards who’ll be

counted on are Tommy Dwyer

and Jack McCarthy. “Dwyer,

who had 8 goals and 1 assist last

year, is physical, has breakaway

speed and a nose for the net,’’

Harrington noted. “McCarthy

sets the tempo. He’s a fast skater

with a strong stride. An excellent

shooter, he’s physical and kills

penalties effectively.’’

Sophomore Evan Monaghan

likely will start in goal after an

impressive showing in four

games last year. “Evan is quick,

technically sound, and instinctive,’’

Harrington said. “He’s

also got a high compete level.’’

Two sophomore forwards

— Alex Infanger and Jack Carr

— should play key roles for

the Mustangs. “Alex is a strong

skater who’s fearless,’’ said Harrington.

“He’s got a hard shot, is

physical and sets the tempo. Jack

is a quality passer who’s small,

but finds his spots to get open.

He’s fast, has a strong work ethic

and is consistent. He played hurt

last year after suffering a shoulder


Defenseman Sam Marchionni

is only a sophomore, but

shows promise on the back line.

“Sam is an all-around competitor,’’

Harrington offered. “He’s

an excellent skater with good

balance. He’s consistent, has

a good hockey IQ, and his ice

awareness is tremendous.’’

Harrington, a Medway police

sergeant who played forward

and was a captain for the

Mustangs in the late 1980s, has

three varsity assistants. They include

jayvee coach Kyle Dwyer,

J.P. Gasparinni and Troy Kelley.

All were hockey captains at

Medway High.

Harrington knows repeating

as TVL division champs will be

a challenge, and he’s expecting

Dover-Sherborn and Dedham

to be prime contenders. “We

lost to both of them last year,’’

he said. “They’ve got talent and


Harrington’s competitive

philosophy emphasizes that his

players must strive to reach their

potential and also enjoy their

athletic journey.

“If those things are occurring,’’

he said, “then winning

will be the by-product. And,

valuable life lessons that studentathletes

can learn from sports

are resiliency, accountability

and responsibility. Overcoming

adversity is another great lesson,

along with learning how to be a

team-first player who manages

time wisely.’’

Harrington, who is married

and the father of four, has a

bachelor’s and master’s degree

in criminal justice from Stonehill

and Western New England


A 21-year law enforcement

veteran who knows a thing or

two about discipline, Harrington

is hoping his squad can build on

last year’s success by displaying

lots of discipline and dedication.

But, he’d prefer that any future

success come without a

0-5-1 start.

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Hafford Headed to All-State Cross Country


By Christopher Tremblay,

Staff Sports Writer

She was around six or seven

when she decided to take part

in a 4-mile race at a camp in

Maine during the heat of summer.

Michaela Hafford finished

the race in second place for her

age group, and right there and

then, her parents came to the

realization that their daughter

could run.

When Hafford was in fifth

grade, the Millis High School

was just beginning their crosscountry

program. Knowing that

their daughter loved to run, the

Haffords asked if Michaela could

run and train with the team. Although

she couldn’t officially run

for the team, there were a few occasions

that year where the fifth

grader got to run with the Mohawks


“One meet where I got to run

with the team was against Holliston

because we knew the coach

there,” Hafford said. “Not being

on the team, I had to start three

minutes behind everyone else.

When I beat five or six of the

girls on the team, they were not

only a little frustrated, but not

happy with me at all.”

While the Millis runners may

not have been happy with the

fifth grader, the Mohawk coaching

staff was impressed, and two

years later, she got to actually run

her first official meet for the high


“I was so excited that I was finally

able to actually run as part

of the team,” she said. “Running

in general allows me to express

my power and grace and the

ability to do it on a regular basis

is complete excitement.”

Michaela Hafford is such a natural runner, her parents had her run with

Millis’ newly-minted cross country program when she was just in fifth

grade. Now in her junior year, Hafford will head to All States.

When she able to officially

run for Millis as a seventh grader,

Hafford was running around 21

minutes. She has since cut that

time down to under 19 this past

year as a junior. While she thoroughly

enjoys running, there was

a time that she almost gave it up.

“When I first started running,

it was very exciting and easy to

do without really having to push

myself,” Hafford recalls. “However,

in high school, things were

harder, and I started to resent the

sport, and eventually it began to

spiral into an ‘I don’t like running

as its not enjoyable anymore.’”

While she continued to run

for the Millis cross country team,

she knew that she had to change

that mindset about the sport no

longer being fun. Although the

enjoyment of the sport was coming

back, it wasn’t until last year

she fully saw her running improve,

and the fun for the sport

came back.

“Originally I was doing three

workouts a day and found that it

wasn’t challenging me, but then

Coach (Siobhan) Clayton came

in and has really kicked our butts

into gear,” she said. “I saw a lot

of improvement this year. The

biggest change was more mental

than conditioning.”

Coming into the season the

junior was not sure that she was

fully over the mental block and

wanted to work on getting past

that, especially if she was to be


Obviously Coach Clayton’s

workouts have worked, as Hafford

won four of the five Tri-Valley

League meets she ran in, finished

third at the Frank Kelley Coaches

Invitational and set a new school

cross country record of 18:56 at

the team’s last home meet of the

season against Norton.

“This year, Michaela really

stepped it up and even gave up

soccer to concentrate on cross

country, her true passion,” Clayton

said. “She is an excellent role

model and an exemplary example

to her younger peers. Her

work ethic is outstanding, and

she tackles every workout with

grit, determination and a positive

attitude. It is an absolute pleasure

to coach an athlete with this level

of focus and professionalism.”

As the season comes to an

end, Hafford is looking forward

to the TVL Championships as

well as running in the States.

While she will give it her all in

Medfield, she is not all that concerned

with her time.

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strong and confident while giving

it 110%, but I am not all that

worried about my time or placement.”

she said. “Same thing

goes for the States; it’s a course

that I do not necessarily love, but

I am going out to enjoy the race

in the fresh air and hope that I do

better than the last time.”

As a senior next fall, she is

hoping that she can continue to

improve while getting her times

down to a consistent 18 minutes.

Following high school, she plans

on continuing to run in some capacity.

“Right now, my number one

college doesn’t have an athletic

program, but I am not letting

go of running,” Hafford said.

“Two of my biggest goals are to

run the Leadville 50 – a 50 mile

run through Colorado’s Rocky

Mountains and to compete in

Disney’s Dopey Challenge, covering

48.6 miles over 4 days.”

Competing for Millis in the

Division 6 Eastern Massachusetts

Cross Country Tournament,

Hafford finished fourth, recording

a time of 20:47.33 which

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State Representative Jeffrey

Roy (D-Franklin) announced

today that constituent office

hours will be held in Medway

and Franklin on the following


Medway – Wednesday December

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Galante’s Restaurant, 320 Village

Street, Medway

Franklin – Thursday December

18th, 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the

Franklin Senior Center, 10 Daniel

McCahill Street, Franklin.

James Gay, his staff director, will

be accompanying him.

All office hours are open to

any residents of Franklin and

Medway who may have questions

or concerns that they wish

to bring to his attention. Walk-ins

are welcome; no appointment

necessary. Rep. Roy looks forward

to hearing from you.

He also invites all constituents

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office at (617) 722-2030, to stop

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Challenges Students

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Statewide Contest Open to Students K-12

Eversource invites Massachusetts

students to demonstrate

their energy efficiency knowledge

by entering its seventh annual

Eversource Challenge.

The competition promotes

energy conservation, energy efficiency

and sustainability and

is open to Kindergarten to high

school students in Eversource’s

Massachusetts electric service

territory. Deadline for registration

is March 17, 2020. All

entries must be received or postmarked

by March 27, 2020.

Students in grades K-8 are assigned

grade-specific challenges

and asked to submit entries in

the form of a poster (Grades

K-2), a limerick (Grade 3), an

outdoor billboard (Grade 4), a

narrative and an image of an

energy-saving super-hero (Grade

5), a letter to parents (Grade 6), a

news article (Grade 7), or public

service announcement (Grade 8).

Students competing in

Grades 9-12 will create a persuasive

image that advocates for an

energy topic. Options include a

short poem (125 words or less) or

a cartoon strip (12 cells or less)

that addresses energy efficiency,

a renewable energy source, or

environmental concern.

Eversource Challenge finalists

in all categories and grade

levels will be honored at a special

awards ceremony in early May,

and winners will receive Amazon

® Gift Cards. All entries are

judged on the use of accurate

and scientific facts, creativity,

readability, persuasiveness,

originality, and appearance.

Students’ submissions are judged

against those from the same grade

levels in their community.

For applications, guidelines and

more information about the Eversource

Challenge, visit

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Norfolk County

Register of Deeds

William P. O’Donnell

to speak at Millis

Council on Aging

Wednesday, December 18 th at 1 p.m.

Norfolk County Register of

Deeds William P. O’Donnell

has been invited to speak to the

seniors of Millis on Wednesday,

December 18, 2019 at 1 p.m.

The meeting will be held at the

Millis Senior Center, 900 Main

Street, Millis.

The short speaking program

will touch on the historical nature

of the Registry and the Register’s

efforts to modernize and computerize

the vast number of Norfolk

County real estate records.

Following his remarks, the Register

will be available to answer

individual questions. Members

of the Register’s staff will also

be available to assist in providing

information about the Massachusetts

Homestead Act. On-site

work stations will be available to

provide the status of a mortgage

discharge, print a copy of your

deed or provide a demonstration

on how the Registry’s On-Line

Land Records Database works.

To learn more about these

and other Registry of Deeds

events and initiatives, “like” us


follow us on twitter and instagram

@norfolkdeeds. The Norfolk

County Registry of Deeds,

located at 649 High St., Dedham.

Residents in need of assistance

can contact the Registry of

Deeds Customer Service Center

at (781) 461-6101, or email

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