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August 19, 2007 to August
2007 - Southborough State Representative Stephen LeDuc shakes hands and
welcomes seniors to the tenth anniversary of the Southborough Senior Center.
Below, the group from Hubbardston MA "Mixed Company" entertains the large
August 23, 2007 - Bees were buzzing around all the Joe Pie
Weed and other flowers along the banks of a little brook.
23, 2007 - Reminders
from St. Matthews Church. There is no 11:00 AM Mass on the
following Sunday the 26th. Upcoming
activities include the St. Matthew's Annual Parish Picnic on Sunday
September 9, 2007 at Split Rock Site at the Hopkinton State Park.
There is a St. Matthew's Newcomers Social on Sunday September 16th
and definitely save the date Monday, September 10th for the annual
St. Matthew's Golf Tournament. Sponsors and foursomes needed!
August 22, 2007 - Richards Road is still undergoing
transformation with the curbing of new sidewalks being put in place.
2007 - Seniors line up for dinner. Yesterday, the Southborough Senior
Center marked its tenth anniversary with a BBQ, ice cream, antique cars and
This is an
updated newsletter and information about the auditions for the
Southborough Players Seussical the Musical.
Additional Information Regarding
Seussical The Musical
Southborough Players Newsletter
The Southborough Players are
proud to Announce Auditions for
Directed by Marianne
Music Direction by
November 2nd, 3rd, 4th,
9th 10th & 11th
will be held at the Trottier
Middle School, 49
Saturday September 8, 2007
Call Backs will be held
Sunday September 9, 2007 if
Casting is limited to performers
age 9 and over.
Please be ready to sing 16 bars
of your favorite Broadway song
and be prepared for cold
readings from the script (which
will be available at the
About the Play
Seussical is a musical based on the
books of Dr. Seuss that debuted on
Broadway in 2000. The play's story
is a rather complex amalgamation of
many of Seuss' most famous books.
The plot of the show mirrors that of
Horton Hears a Who!, centering on
Horton the elephant's endeavors to
protect the people of Who-ville, who
live on a tiny speck of dust. It
also features characters and
scenarios from many other Seuss
books, including the Butter Side
Uppers / Downers from The Butter
Battle Book, Gertrude McFuzz from
Gertrude McFuzz, and some characters
that never made an appearance in any
of Dr. Seuss's books. The Cat in the
Hat, an outside observer, acts as
narrator and devil's advocate
throughout the show, briefly leaping
into the action on several occasions
to create conflict and keep the
Seussical Character Breakdown
THE CAT IN THE HAT
is the essence of mischief, fun
and imagination. The Cat stirs
things up, causes trouble, but
always sets things right again
The Cat helps JoJo to discover
the power of his imagination as
they create the story of the
show together. We are looking
for a physically adept actor
(male or female) to play The
Cat, one who will be able to
play many comic cameos and is
comfortable improvising with an
is a "Thinker"--a smart child
with a wild imagination. He can
be played as being a little bit
awkward, a little bit of a
loner, or simply a rambunctious
kid whose 'Thinks' get him into
constant trouble. By the end of
the show, he learns what it
means to be a responsible member
of his world, using the power
and possibilities of his own
HORTON THE ELEPHANT
a gentle giant, rotund and
appealing. Think of him as a
big-hearted blue collar guy who
is steadfast and responsible and
always tries to do the right
thing for his friends. He is
imaginative and receptive to the
world around him. He is not very
self-conscious. Horton's view of
the world never changes--he
believes in its goodness.
is very self-conscious and aware
that her one-feather tail isn't
perfect. Gertrude changes during
the show from a vain, neurotic,
nervous and shy bird into one
with the power to protect and
care for a baby elephant bird
and commit herself to Horton. In
other words, she stops worrying
about her looks and grows up.
MAYZIE LA BIRD
is self-centered, selfish and
vain. Mayzie will never admit to
her own flaws. She manipulates
anyone she can (especially
Horton) into doing what she
wants. But Mayzie isn't all bad.
In giving up her egg to Horton
once and for all, she has a
moment of generosity--she
realizes she isn't the kind of
person who would be a good
parent, and she does the best
thing she can do for the egg.
isn't really sour at all. She's
just got a lot of attitude.
She's loud, brassy and a lot of
GENERAL GENGUS KHAN SCHMITZ
is bursting with pride at the
military academy he runs, and
the boys he turns out. He is not
sadistic, mean or abusive. He is
proud! He is doing the right
thing for his boys! He is making
the world a better place! This
makes him a comic character,
because it is clear he is so
misguided. He should not be
played as a villain or bully. By
the end of the show, he
discovers that making war may
not be the right thing to do,
and that adults can learn from
THE WICKERSHAM BROTHERS
are not bad guys! They're simply
a lot like kids who tease, play
pranks and get a kick out of
making mischief, although often
at others' expense. They enjoy
hanging around with one another,
making music together on the
street corner, and playing off
one another. Each brother should
find his own Wickersham persona.
are a lot like you and me only
so small as to be invisible.
Don't think of them as cute
midgets or weird little aliens.
They should be played for
inherent humanity. This goes for
MR. and MRS. MAYOR,
who are parents trying hard to
raise a difficult child in a
difficult world. They may get
aggravated with Jojo, but they
love him dearly and try to do
the right thing, even if it
turns out to be a mistake.
Anyone playing a Who should try
and create his or her own unique
fill out the Seussical world. No
matter how these actors are
costumed they should create a
distinct human persona. They are
real people at heart, just like
us, even though they may be
described as animal characters.
We are very excited about our
upcoming production of Seussical
the Musical. We have assembled a
very energetic, fun and
production team that can't wait
to bring the wonderful world of
Dr. Seuss to the Trottier stage.
Please come and join the fun!!
As always, we would like to
thank you for your continued
The Southborough Players Board
New Board of Directors
Congratulations to the NEW Board of
Members at Large
to our out-going Board members Ginny
Martins & Jason Barrett
I Don't Perform How Can I Help ???
There are a lot of different ways you
can help the Southborough Players with
Seussical the Musical.
We are still looking for people to
fill out our Production Staff.
We are currently in need of the
YOU like to
see The Southborough Players Perform???
If we select your idea you could win
a FREE set of tickets to the
the Old Days
August 22, 2007 - Dinner is served. Just like at an
old roller diner or Drive-in movie.
22, 2007 - Looking
for something to do with the youngsters? On August 24, 25 and 26th
the Annual Middlesex County 4-H Fair will be held in Westford, MA. The hours
of the fair are Friday and Saturday 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM and Sunday
the fair is open from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. This is an all 4-H
member fair, meaning all exhibits at the fair will have been
created, sewed, cooked, raised and shown by 4-H members. There
are several rides and exhibits to augment the 4-H activities.
Events include the
horse show, dairy goat judging, Sheep show, Discovery museum, hay
rides, pony rides, Lizzie the Clown, Michelle's Menagerie, story
telling, apple pie judging, model railroad club, Animal Adventures,
barnyard show, children's games, Moonwalk, Obstacle Course and slide
and much more.
4-H had its origins
around the 1902. 4-H members are between 5 and 18 years of
age. The symbol of 4-H is the four-leaved clover that
represents Head, Heart, Hands, and Health. Originally it was to
bring a hands on experience to boys and girls in rural areas.
4-H would eventually become one of the fastest growing youth groups
nationwide. In Massachusetts it began in 1908 in Hampshire County.
The fastest growing segment was the 4-H horse clubs during the
1950's on. As development followed the farms, 4-H has changed
directions so that it now includes Urban 4-H clubs, food and
nutrition and technology clubs. Horses and livestock are still
an integral part of the 4-H program and you may see the results of
these programs and others all at one time if you bring your family
to the Middlesex County 4-H Fair this summer. For more
information on the 4-H fair
click here. For more information on
Moran, 55, of Southborough & Brewster died Sun, Aug, 19, 2007 at
her home with her husband and children by her side, after a
courageous 9 year battle with breast cancer. She was the wife of
Kevin Moran for the past 33 years.
Born in Framingham she was the daughter of Marguerite (McNeil) Drake
of Framingham & the late Robert Drake.
She was a 1970 graduate of Elizabeth Seton High School of Natick &
a graduate of Merrimack College, class of 1974.
She taught School in Bellingham until she started her family. While
raising her children she worked part time for Framingham Savings
Bank, Robert A. Drake Company, Southborough Medical Group & New
England Center for Autism. She was also the propietor of the Coffee
Garden, Bakery & Cafι of Southborough, where she was well known for
her baked goods. She returned to her love of teaching, most recently
a 5th grade teacher at Neary Elementary School in Southborough.
For the past 5 summers she worked at the Brewster General Store. She
enjoyed an active life, with trips to Maine, skiing, antique
shopping, & climbing Bald Mountain. While on Cape Cod she enjoyed
walking the beaches, kayaking, biking & swimming. She also took
pleasure in family trips to Canada, Disney World and visiting her
children in the various parts of the country in which they lived.
Cordaville Woolen Mill
August 21, 2007 - by Linda
Hubley. The Southborough villages of Southville and Cordaville were the
sites of many mills from the time of early settlement. They saw the most
expansion of mills in the 1800s. Located adjacent or near the Sudbury River
there was always plenty of running water. Among the mills were John Hart and
Company Boot Mill, William B. Wood Cotton and Wool Clothing and the
Cordaville Woolen mill complex. The Cordaville Mill stood where the MBTA lot
is now situated. In 1846 Milton H. Sanford bought the parcel and built the
mill on the site. Many of the homes around Cordaville are the older mill
homes that he had built for his employees and one for he and his wife
Cordelia for which the mill was named. On Halloween night of 1855 the mill
burned to the ground but Mr. Sanford had the mill rebuilt. The Woolen mill
turned out cotton, wool and jute fabric and blankets. During the American
Civil War the factory churned out only woolen blankets for the Union
soldiers. The mill was sold by Mr. Sanford in 1863 to the Cordaville Mills
Company. It would later be sold at auction a few times before falling into
disrepair from vandalism, neglect and fires. Several the mills complex
underwent fires in the mid 1960s and 1970s. It at one time belonged to the
town through a series of non-paying taxes before being sold at auction to Perdoni brothers who used the lot for storage. They sold the lot to the MBTA
which is what is on the land today. You can still take a walk around the
station and see vestiges of the mill heyday. There are still the mill races
and several old foundations of some of the buildings that had been located
within the mill complex. These photos were taken in the 1960s.
2007 - Cordaville Woolen mill fire late 1960's. The smaller photo
shows the tunnel under the tracks that was used by the woolen mill employees
to access the mill site without crossing the tracks. The MBTA filled
the tunnel up after deciding not to rehabilitate the tunnel.
August 21, 2007 - A toad warms itself on a rocky ledge.
Celebrate with us as we bring on board a new advertiser.
Countryside Rubbish and Recycling has been a proven local and family owned
rubbish removal company. Reliable and dependable Countryside Rubbish
also encourages recycling. They will personalize your service to meet
your needs. Welcome aboard Countryside Rubbish and Recycling.
August 21, 2007 - A peaceful scene along the Sudbury
River. From this photo you can note that there is not much of a
current in the Sudbury River. It is actually just inches from disappearing
from the gage readings at Fruit Street, Hopkinton.
Southborough meetings August 20, 2007 to
August 24, 2007
Master Plan steering committee
Hearing Room Town House
ARHS BLDG committee
ARHS conference Room
hearing room Town
Town Admin Office
Hearing room Town House
hearing room Town house
August 20, 2007 - The Community House is sparkling
with its new facade and porch decking.
Station sticker information and hours. It's that time of
year again. New stickers have to be on your
vehicle by September 15, 2007. The Southborough
Transfer Station is open Wednesday through
Saturday from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. It will close at 6:00
PM sharp so if you have a large load, please make
plans to go earlier than minutes before 6:00 PM.
There are also new automated hoppers available for
cardboard, plastics and glass.
process of purchasing a Southborough Transfer Station
sticker has changed slightly. First off, the price has
increased modestly from $100.00 to $110.00 for
the first sticker. But this allows the home owner to
request a free second sticker. Additional stickers may
be purchased for $50.00 each. If you use a private
hauler you must also purchase a sticker for the $110.00.
There is no cost to Senior Citizens for the first two
stickers. You must be 65 or older to qualify for the
sticker. The sticker will be of a new design this year
but must still be placed outside on the drivers side
rear window or bumper. New this year the stickers will
have your license plate number on them. The vehicle and
the sticker must match in order for you to use the
purchase a sticker in person one must now go to the
DPW office below the Transfer Station. The hours and
days for purchase of a sticker in person are Monday
through Friday from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM. You may also
mail it to Southborough Department of Public Works, 147
Cordaville Road, Southborough, MA 01772-1662. Stickers
may be purchased online at
. All residents applying for a sticker must present a
copy of a valid driving license, vehicle registration
and proof of residency. Proof of residency shall be
a current or past month utility bill not including your
tax or water bill. All transactions made by mail or in
person shall be made by check. No cash payments will
be accepted. Household vehicles that are leased, the
owners must come in person to the DPW to acquire a
Superintendent, Karen Galligan, emphasized that if your
purchased sticker is on a vehicle that has been in an
accident, traded in for a new vehicle or in the repair
shop you may come down to the DPW and request a
replacement sticker. There will be no cost for the
sticker but you must bring copies of the required paper
work with you. These will be limited to two per
household per year. The sticker fee is non-refundable.
20, 2007 - This pole on the corner of Rte 85 and 30 shows its
artistic display of thumbtacks and staples from all the notices that
have been posted on it over the years.
Testing 1 -2 -3
19, 2007 - Southborough Engine 21 shown being used to test the 4"
hose. The hose is tested for fifteen minutes to see if there
are any leaks along the length of the hose and if the hose stretches
near the nozzle.
Crazy like a Fox
August 19, 2007 - This Red Fox ran across the
aptly named street Foxhill Drive and then stopped to look at the photographer.
NEW MOSQUITO POOLS TEST POSITIVE FOR VIRUSES
West Nile Virus found in mosquitoes in Bristol, Plymouth,
and Norfolk counties.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH)
announced today that Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus
and West Nile Virus (WNV) has been detected in mosquitoes in
three Massachusetts counties. The mosquito samples were
collected in the following towns in Bristol, Plymouth, and
in mosquitoes (3 pools)
to this finding, the mosquito control boards in those
counties, in collaboration with DPH, will be increasing
their mosquito surveillance and control activities.
been no human cases of EEE or WNV identified this year.
there were five human cases of EEE, with two fatalities. In
2006, there were three human cases of WNV, with no
fatalities. EEE and WNV are usually transmitted to humans
through the bite of an infected mosquito.
officials are urging people to take precautions to avoid
mosquito bites, and also to help reduce standing water on
Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours The hours from dusk
to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes.
Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur
during evening or early morning. Otherwise, take extra
care to use repellent and protective clothing.
Clothing Can Help reduce mosquito bites. Although
it may be difficult to do when its hot, wearing
long-sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors will
help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.
Apply Insect Repellent when you go outdoors. Use a
repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide),
permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), or oil of
lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)]
according to the instructions on the product label. DEET
products should not be used on infants under two months
of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or
less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should
not be used on children under three years of age.
Mosquito-Proof Your Home
Drain Standing Water Mosquitoes lay their eggs in
standing water. Limit the number of places around your
home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or
getting rid of items that hold water. Check rain gutters
and drains. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading
pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently.
Install or Repair Screens Some mosquitoes like to
come indoors. Keep them outside by having
tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and
information is available on the DPH website:
www.mass.gov/dph/wnv/wnv1.htm. Information about EEE
and WNV is also available by calling the DPH recorded
information line at 1-866-MASS-WNV (1-866-627-7698).
Posts for Traffic Lights
August 19, 2007- New traffic poles for the lights
at Cordaville and Richards Road are being put in last week and this