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August 19, 2007 to  August 25, 2007

Singing and Politics

August 23, 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 crowd.

Look'n for Honey

August 23, 2007 - Bees were buzzing around all the Joe Pie Weed and other flowers along the banks of a little brook.

August 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!

Still under Construction

August 22, 2007 - Richards Road is still undergoing transformation with the curbing of new sidewalks being put in place.

Ten Years!

August 22, 2007 - Seniors line up for dinner.  Yesterday, the Southborough Senior Center marked its tenth anniversary with a BBQ, ice cream, antique cars and music.

This is an updated newsletter and information about the auditions for the Southborough Players Seussical the Musical.

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Additional Information Regarding

Auditions for

Seussical The Musical



Southborough Players Newsletter

August 2007








The Southborough Players are proud to Announce  Auditions for

Seussical The Musical


Directed by Marianne Lonati

Music Direction by Debbie Martin


Production Dates:

November 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 9th 10th & 11th




will be held at the Trottier Middle School, 49 Parkerville Rd, Southborough, MA.


Friday September 7, 2007 

From 7:30 -9:00 pm


Saturday September 8, 2007

From 2:00-5:00 pm


Call Backs will be held

Sunday September 9, 2007  if needed.


Audition Requirements


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 Southborough library).


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 story moving




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 audience.


JOJO 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 'Thinks.'


HORTON THE ELEPHANT  is 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.


GERTRUDE McFUZZ  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.


SOUR KANGAROO isn't really sour at all. She's just got a lot of attitude. She's loud, brassy and a lot of fun.


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 children.


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.    


THE WHOS 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 character.


 JUNGLE CREATURES  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 enthusiastic 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 support.



The Southborough Players Board








New Board of Directors


Congratulations to the NEW Board of Directors



Mark Kujawski


Vice President

Steve Bonner



Steve Sullivan


Members at Large

Rick Saunders

Ivan Slovin




Thank You 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 following



Assistant Producer


Stage Manager


Sound Director


Stage Crew


Props Master


If you are interested in  any of the these positions please contact us at info@southboroughplayer








What would YOU like to see The Southborough Players Perform???


The Southborough Payers are always looking for Ideas for shows to perform.  If you have an idea please send it to contests@southboroughplayers.org


If we select your idea you could win a FREE set of tickets to the performance.





Just like the Old Days

August 22, 2007 - Dinner is served.  Just like at an old roller diner or Drive-in movie.

August 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 Massachusetts 4-H click here.

Linda (Drake) 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.  More information

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 1800’s. 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 1960’s and 1970’s. 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 1960’s.



August 21, 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.

Sudbury River

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 8/20 7:00 PM Hearing Room Town House
ARHS BLDG committee 8/21 5:00 PM ARHS conference Room

Municipal Facilities committee


7:00 PM

hearing room Town house

Personnel Board 8/21 6:45 Town Admin Office
ZBA 8/22 7:00 PM Hearing room Town House
Conservation Commission 8/23 7:15 PM hearing room Town house

Sitting Pretty

August 20, 2007 - The Community House is sparkling with its new facade and porch decking.

Transfer 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.

The 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 transfer station.

To 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 www.southboroughtown.com . 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 permit.

DPW 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.

A Tacky Subject

August 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

August 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.


August 19, 2007


Donna Rheaume
Tom Lyons


EEE and West Nile Virus found in mosquitoes in Bristol, Plymouth, and Norfolk counties.

BOSTON — 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 Norfolk counties:

• Easton

WNV in mosquitoes (3 pools)

Plymouth County

• Foxborough

WNV in mosquitoes

Norfolk County

• Raynham

EEE in mosquitoes

Bristol County

• Kingston

EEE in mosquitoes

Plymouth County

• Halifax

EEE in mosquitoes

Plymouth County

In response to this finding, the mosquito control boards in those counties, in collaboration with DPH, will be increasing their mosquito surveillance and control activities.

There have been no human cases of EEE or WNV identified this year.

Last 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.

Health officials are urging people to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites, and also to help reduce standing water on their property.

Avoid Mosquito Bites

  • Be 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 it’s 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 doors.

More 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).

New 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 week.