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February 13, 2011 - February 19, 2011

Snowshoe Enthusiasts

February 19, 2011 - About a dozen residents braved the cold and high winds to tour the SOLF land at the end of Red Gate Lane earlier today.  Resident and SOLF President gave a tour of the wildlife habitat incentive project update.

Trees Were Falling Everywhere

February 19, 2011 - This scene on Rte 85 in Hopkinton between the state park entrance and Cedar Street Ext. caused Route 85 to be shut down for hours.  A similar scene closed Fruit Street earlier making the drive from Southborough to Hopkinton much harder to negotiate as seen from the photo at Southville Road and Route 85.  Above photo courtesy of www.hopnews.com

Gusty Winds

wind advisory now in effect until 5 am est Sunday
The wind advisory is now in effect until 5 am est Sunday.
Winds, northwest winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.
Timing, strong winds will continue until the early morning hours tomorrow. Expect the strongest winds to occur late this evening through just after midnight and begin to slacken toward morning.
Impacts, strong winds will be capable of downing small tree limbs and branches, possibly causing isolated power outages. Loose objects including construction material will easily be blown around. Driving can also be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.
Precautionary/preparedness actions,
A wind advisory is issued when sustained winds are forecast to be 31 to 39 mph or gusts will range between 46 and 57 mph. Winds this strong are capable of downing small tree limbs and branches, possibly causing isolated power outages. Driving can also be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.
Please stay tuned to noaa weather radio, your local media, or go to www.weather.gov/box for further updates on this weather situation.

Fire Log

Sunday 2/13/11


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Monday 2/14/11







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On Friday, January 7, 2011, sightings of at least 107 individual bald eagles were reported from Pittsfield to Plymouth as part of a concentrated 1-day effort by state wildlife biologists, volunteers and other eagle enthusiasts, breaking the record count of 81 birds seen in 2009. This event is part of an annual national bald eagle survey conducted over a 2-week period from late December into early January.

A crew of biologists in a helicopter supplied by National Grid spotted 33 birds and a new eagle nest at Quabbin Reservoir. The same team also observed 18 eagles perched or flying along the Massachusetts stretch of the Connecticut River. Elsewhere across the state, 11 eagles were spotted on the Merrimack River and 5 eagles at Wachusett Reservoir. In the Lakeville/Middleborough area 5 eagles were reported and 2 eagles were seen at the Wattupa Ponds in Westport. There were 2 eagles spotted on the Mystic Lakes in Arlington, 2 on the Housatonic River in Sheffield, and 1 in Orange. On the Chicopee River, 3 eagles were reported, 2 eagles on the Deerfield River, and 1 eagle reported on the Westfield River.

"We thank National Grid, our long time partner in the eagle restoration program, which flew agency biologists by helicopter to survey the Quabbin and Connecticut River," said Dr. Tom French, Assistant Director of Natural Heritage and Endangered Species. French also noted that citizen interest in the eagle survey has been very useful. "With higher numbers of eagles dispersing throughout their range, we can't possibly cover the entire state. Citizen spotters play an increasingly important role in our survey efforts. This year, we received 61 emailed reports from people who saw eagles during the 2-week survey period."

Listed as endangered in Massachusetts since the 1980s, bald eagles remain on the state list, but are gaining ground in the Bay State - thanks in large part to the restoration project begun in 1982. MassWildlife and its partners brought young eagles from Canada and Michigan and raised them in cages overlooking the Quabbin Reservoir. Some of the eaglets remained and began to nest in the Quabbin, later spreading to the Connecticut River and eventually across the state.

The annual Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey is a nationwide event coordinated by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The nationwide total of bald eagles counted during this annual event ranges from 13,000 to 16,000 birds.

A fact sheet about bald eagles on DFW's website.

A blog about the helicopter crew's eagle counting experience posted on the Great Outdoors Blog at: http://environment.blog.state.ma.us/blog/.

Sports and Recreation

ARHS Sports Photos by Chris Wraight www.thawkspix.com

Several conservation conferences in early March are valuable for conservation commissioners, educators, youth group leaders, bird enthusiasts, and other conservationists. Register now for these March meetings.

March 2-Massachusetts Environmental Education Conference, Worcester - The Massachusetts Environmental Education Society (MEES) will be holding its annual conference at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester. This year's theme is "Navigating Massachusetts Environmental Education." This conference is useful for educators in both formal and non-formal settings. Registration information.

March 5-MassAudubon Birders Meeting, Waltham - The 19th Annual Bird Conference with the theme of "Bird is the Word" will be held at Bentley College, Waltham. Novice and experienced bird enthusiasts will enjoy the varied offerings at this conference. Registration information or call Linda Cocca at (781) 259-2151.

March 5-Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions Conference, Worcester - The 2011 MACC Annual Environmental Conference will be held at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester. DFW staff will be hosting a display at this conference as well as making presentations about BioMap 2 and the Mass. Endangered Species Act. Registration information or call MACC at (617) 489-3930.


View DetailsThe Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) would like to remind saltwater anglers that as of January 1, 2011, recreational saltwater anglers are now required to obtain a Massachusetts saltwater fishing permit. The permit, which costs $10 for both residents and non-residents, was established in response to a federal mandate and is valid for the calendar year. Saltwater fishing permits may be purchased using a credit card online through the Department of Fish and Game's new electronic licensing system, MassFishHunt. More details and an FAQ page on the permit and permit purchase. Anglers who are under 16 years old, who are disabled, or who are fishing on permitted for-hire (charter or headboats) are not required to purchase a permit. Anglers age 60 and over are required to obtain a permit, but are exempt from the fee. A small fee will be charged by the vendor to process the permit through MassFishHunt. Permits are also available at DMF offices located in Boston, Gloucester, and New Bedford . Cash, checks, and money orders are accepted in the Boston office, but only checks and money orders are accepted at the Gloucester and New Bedford offices.

"We are pleased to have the 2011 recreational saltwater fishing permit available to anglers via the MassFishHunt system," said Division of Marine Fisheries Director Paul Diodati. "This new program will ensure improved recreational fishing programs and new fishing access opportunities for anglers all along the Massachusetts coastline."

Diodati noted that saltwater fishing permit fees will be deposited in a dedicated account managed by DMF. The fund can be used only to administer the permit program, improve the management of Massachusetts' marine recreational fisheries and enhance recreational fishing access opportunities in the state. An advisory panel will assist DMF in developing programs for the expenditure of all collected funds.

The new permit system will also allow federal and state marine fisheries biologists to collect better data on saltwater recreational fishing. Managers need quality data to make the best decisions possible on bag limits, seasons, and sizes. Governor Patrick signed the state's Permit Act into law on November 23, 2009, after it was passed unanimously by the Legislature. Support for the Act was driven by a large group of recreational saltwater stakeholders seeking a state permitting program that would exempt anglers from a higher cost federal permit in 2011 and ensure that permit revenues went to local user benefits.

New England Boat Show

Dates & Location

February 26 – March 6, 2011

Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
415 Summer St.
Boston, MA 02210

Show Hours

Saturdays 10am–8pm
Sunday February 27 11am–6pm
Monday–Friday 12noon–8pm
Sunday March 6 11am–5:30pm


Adults $14.00 
Age 15 years and under Free (when accompanied by an Adult).

Please note: Credit and debit cards cannot be accepted for ticket purchases at the show. A Citizen’s Bank ATM is available in the show lobby for your cash needs.

For your convenience, you may purchase your tickets online.

Click the Boat for website

What is the GBBC?

The 2011 GBBC will take place Friday, February 18, through Monday, February 21. Please join us!

The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are across the continent. Anyone can participate, from beginning bird watchers to experts. It takes as little as 15 minutes on one day, or you can count for as long as you like each day of the event. It’s free, fun, and easy—and it helps the birds.  

Participants count birds anywhere for as little or as long as they wish during the four-day period. They tally the highest number of birds of each species seen together at any one time. To report their counts, they fill out an online checklist at the Great Backyard Bird Count website.

As the count progresses, anyone with Internet access can explore what is being reported from their own towns or anywhere in the United States and Canada. They can also see how this year's numbers compare with those from previous years. Participants may also send in photographs of the birds they see. A selection of images is posted in the online photo gallery.

Why Count Birds?

Scientists and bird enthusiasts can learn a lot by knowing where the birds are. Bird populations are dynamic; they are constantly in flux. No single scientist or team of scientists could hope to document the complex distribution and movements of so many species in such a short time.

We need your help. Make sure the birds from your community are well represented in the count. It doesn't matter whether you report the 5 species coming to your backyard feeder or the 75 species you see during a day's outing to a wildlife refuge.

Your counts can help us answer many questions:

  • How will this winter's snow and cold temperatures influence bird populations?

  • Where are winter finches and other “irruptive” species that appear in large numbers during some years but not others?

  • How will the timing of birds’ migrations compare with past years?

  • How are bird diseases, such as West Nile virus, affecting birds in different regions?

  • What kinds of differences in bird diversity are apparent in cities versus suburban, rural, and natural areas?

  • Are any birds undergoing worrisome declines that point to the need for conservation attention?

Scientists use the counts, along with observations from other citizen-science projects, such as the Christmas Bird Count, Project FeederWatch, and eBird, to give us an immense picture of our winter birds. Each year that these data are collected makes them more meaningful and allows scientists to investigate far-reaching questions.

For highlights of past results, visit the Science Stories section of the GBBC web site.  

The Great Backyard Bird Count is led by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, with Canadian partner Bird Studies Canada and sponsorship from Wild Birds Unlimited.

And the Crazy Weather continues

February 18, 2011 -  Hail came down tonight in a thunderstorm that brought vivid lightening and deafening thunder.  Tomorrow is supposed to be very windy with cooler temps than we saw today. 

Assabet Valley Regional holds GED Testing

Individuals interested in obtaining a Graduate Equivalency Diploma (GED) should register on March 1st at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School, 215 Fitchburg Street in Marlborough, from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. You must bring a photo ID, a money order for $65 made out to Assabet Valley (no cash or check accepted), and, if you are between 16 and 18 years old, a letter from your high school stating the date of withdrawal.

The GED test will be given at Assabet Valley on March 15th, 16th, and 17th, from 4-7 PM.. (You must be present all three nights.)

The next registration session would not be until March 29th for the April 12th, 13th and 14th testing dates.

For more information, call Andrea Cronin at 508-485-9430, ext. 1216.

gala info

River's Edge Players

Agatha Christe's The Hollow

Directed by Sarah Worrest

 March 4 & 5, 2011 - 7:30 pm
 March 6, 2011 - 2:00 pm

Hudson Town Hall

78 Main St


Adults $12 Student/Seniors $10

Purchase tickets in advance and save $1

For more info visit www.upwitharts.org

or call 978.562.1646 

Wind advisory in effect from 8 am Saturday to 2 am est sunday,
The NWS in taunton has issued a wind advisory, which is in effect from 8 am Saturday to 2 am est sunday.
Locations, all of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and southwest New Hampshire.
Winds, northwest winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.
Timing, strong winds will commence shortly after sunrise Saturday and continue into Saturday night.
Impacts, strong winds will be capable of downing small tree limbs and branches, possibly causing isolated power outages. Driving can also be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.
Precautionary/preparedness actions,
A wind advisory is issued when sustained winds are forecast to be 31 to 39 mph or gusts will range between 46 and 57 mph. Winds this strong are capable of downing small tree limbs and branches, possibly causing isolated power outages. Driving can also be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.
Please stay tuned to noaa weather radio, your local media, or go to www.weather.gov/box for further updates on this weather situation.

More School Vacation Programs

MA Audubon - Drumlin Farms                               MA Audubon

Discovery Museum                                               Massachusetts Museums

MA State Forests and Parks                                2011Springfield RV, Camping and Outdoor Show

MA Ski Areas                                                            Boston venues

Southborough Recreation                                  More listed events

Sports and Recreation

ARHS Sports Photos by Chris Wraight www.thawkspix.com

The Patriots Cheerleaders will hold an open audition on Saturday, March 19 in the Dana-Farber Field House at Gillette Stadium. Registration begins at 10 a.m.

Foxborough, Mass. - As the New England Patriots prepare to select players in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Patriots Cheerleaders are preparing to select their 2011 squad. The Patriots Cheerleaders will hold an open audition on Saturday, March 19 in the Dana-Farber Field House at Gillette Stadium. Registration begins at 10 a.m.

Women who are at least 18-years-old and currently have a high school diploma or GED are invited to attend. Candidates will perform two designated routines and a freestyle combination. They will be judged on dance ability, showmanship, overall appearance and level of physical fitness. Judges will narrow the field to up to 65 participants to be invited back for final auditions on Saturday, April 2.
The registration fee is $20. Participants should wear fitted workout attire and sneakers or dance shoes, and should bring water, a bagged lunch, a resume and a photograph.  A more detailed description of the audition process is available at

The 2011 Patriots Cheerleading Squad will be comprised of approximately 24-30 women. The squad rehearses twice a week and performs at all Patriots home games.

In addition to performing in front of nearly 70,000 fans at Gillette Stadium, a spot on the squad can provide some exciting perks. In May, the squad will travel to Aruba for the Patriots Cheerleaders Swimsuit Calendar shoot, and Patriots Cheerleaders have visited deployed military troops in more than 25 countries. Cheerleaders have also traveled to China, Japan and Mexico as Patriots ambassadors. Patriots Cheerleaders have appeared on local and national television,  including Entertainment Tonight, E!, Inside Edition, Fox News, the Late Show with David Letterman, On-Air with Ryan Seacrest, Good Morning America, and the CBS Early Show. Patriots Cheerleaders have also been featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, Maxim.com, Chinese FHM and Men's Style.

To better prepare candidates for the audition process, the Patriots will hold an optional audition workout on Feb. 26 in the Dana-Farber Field House. Registration for the optional event begins at 9:30 a.m. and the workshop ends at 2:00 p.m. The registration fee is $100. Though attendance at the workshop is not required, it is highly recommended.
The Patriots Cheerleaders are also seeking non-performing promotional models. For details on how to apply to become a Patriots Cheerleader promotional model, please visit


February 17, 2011 - Colorful sunrise graces Southborough.

To Sunset

February 17, 2011 - A setting sun ends the first warming day we have had in a while.

Still Closed

February 17, 2011 - The front entrance of the library has been temporarily closed for some time now due to snow and ice on the roof.

Proposal to Freeze Unemployment Insurance Rate Passes Unanimously

Levy Calls it a Win for Businesses and the Massachusetts Economy

BOSTON— State Representative Steven Levy (R-Marlborough) along with his colleagues in the House of Representatives voted today in favor of freezing the current Unemployment Insurance rate that all Massachusetts employers pay. 

The bill was drafted in response to the already large financial burdens that are placed on the state’s small business market. Without this rate freeze, employers faced, on average, a per-employee increase in cost for unemployment insurance of 35% - raising the employer contribution to $872 per employee. Collectively, this would amount to an employer contribution increase of roughly $551 million.

 “This vote was an immediate measure to keep from further crippling job creation in the Commonwealth,” Levy stated.  “Passage of the rate freeze is a win for businesses and the state’s economy.”

Rep. Levy said he was particularly concerned that the state’s already volatile small business climate could not weather another hit to their payrolls. Even with the rate freeze in place, the Commonwealth’s unemployment costs are close to two times the national average.

“Freezing the contribution rate is only a first step,” according to Levy, “but we still need further reforms to Unemployment Insurance in Massachusetts.”  Those reforms would include bringing the state’s benefit duration to 26 weeks like 48 other states and tightening the state’s lax eligibility requirements.

The legislation is now before the Governor for his review and he has indicated he will sign it.

Steven Levy represents the 4th Middlesex District consisting of Marlborough, Berlin and Pct. 1 of Southborough.

Dirty Snow

February 17, 2011 - Being snowstormless for a few weeks now has left our roads looking like dirt. Not a pretty sight.

Looking for February Vacation ideas? Just click the link below

Sports and Recreation

ARHS Sports Photos by Chris Wraight www.thawkspix.com

Rep. Dykema Named Legislator of the Year by

MA Veterans Service Officers Association


Today, Representative Carolyn Dykema (D-Holliston) was honored to receive the Legislator of the Year Award from the Massachusetts Veterans Service Officers Association (MA VSOA)

“I’m very honored to receive this award,” said Representative Dykema.  “Veterans Service Officers are on the front lines, every day, advocating for our veterans and their families. I’m proud to be working alongside them to support the men and women who have served our country in uniform.”

Rep. Dykema was a co-sponsor and advocate for passage of the Veterans Home of the Brave bill that was signed by Governor Patrick in 2009. Provisions in the bill will increase housing and employment supports for returning service members .  She also serves as a member of the Joint Committee on Veterans & Federal Affairs and on the Subcommittee on Access to Veterans Healthcare Services which held statewide hearings this past session.

“Having the legislature and a Representative like Representative Dykema helping Veterans in this Commonwealth is a great, great support and hopefully Veterans understand and know that,” said Sidney Chase, the former Director of Veterans Services in Cape Cod and a member of MA VSOA.

“This is a fitting tribute to Representative Dykema for her tireless efforts on behalf of the Commonwealth’s veterans,” said Secretary of Veterans’ Services Coleman Nee. “It is an honor to work with Representative Dykema and we are extremely grateful for her continued support both in the community and in the Massachusetts legislature."

Each city and town in Massachusetts has a local veteran service officer that is available to meet with veterans and provide assistance and support.   Representative Dykema’s staff is available to provide additional support for local veterans and VSOs in securing veterans benefits.  Veterans in need of assistance can find their local VSO on town websites or can contact Representative Dykema’s office at 617-722-2210.

St. Mark’s FIRST ® Robotics Team Receives Sponsorship Support from NASA, JCPenney and SAME

Support will help students prepare for FIRST Regional Competition in April

Robotics team with two JCPenney Store managers-seated in front (Jennifer Campbell, JCPenney Store Manager Marlborough MA and Bob Sibilio, JCPenney Trainee Manager, Marlborough MA).

Southborough, MA [February 15, 2011] ― The FIRST® team at St. Mark’s School has received sponsorship from NASA, JCPenney and SAME (Society of Military Engineers) for their rookie year at the FIRST Competition. FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a not-for-profit organization founded by Dean Kamen to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology by engaging them in innovative robotics competitions. The St. Mark’s team will spend six intense weeks designing and building an original robot for the FIRST Regional Competition scheduled for April 7-9, 2011 in Boston.

The St. Mark’s Team’s entry number is 3566 and the team nickname is Gone Fishin’. The Gone Fishin’ team recently received a kit of parts made up of motors, batteries, a control system, a PC and a mix of automation components – but no instructions. Working with professional engineering Mentors, the team now has six weeks to build a robot that can maneuver a field flanked by poles and earn points by hanging as many triangle, circle and square logo pieces on each pole as possible. Bonus points will be awarded for each robot that can hang and assemble logo pieces to form the FIRST logo as well as deploy a “mini-bot” to climb vertical poles positioned within the middle of the field. Competitions measure the effectiveness of each team’s robot and the students’ ability to collaborate effectively.

“Having our students involved in FIRST is not just about increasing educational opportunities in science and technology; but also instilling well-rounded life capabilities such as self-confidence, communication and leadership,” commented Jaiwant Mulik, St. Mark’s Director of Academic Computing.

Schools, communities and government acknowledge the need to improve the country’s global economic competitiveness by increasing aptitudes in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) among America’s youth. Studies show that FIRST students are three times more likely to major in engineering in college, 10 times as likely to have an apprenticeship their freshman year, more than twice as likely to pursue a science or technology career, and nearly four times as likely to pursue a career in engineering.

Currently in its 20th Season, FRC anticipates close to 2,100 teams will compete in 48 Regionals in the U.S., Canada and Israel, as well as nine district competitions and one state championship in Michigan ― all leading up to the 2011 FIRST Championship at the Edward Jones Dome, April 27-30, in St. Louis, Mo. This season, participating FRC high school students are eligible to apply for more than $14 million in scholarships from leading universities and colleges.

Two Southborough Residents Star in Rivers School Production of “Chicago”

WESTON, Mass. Next week Southborough residents Meghan McAneny and Meghan Hornblower – a junior and sophomore, respectively, at The Rivers School – will be performing in the school’s winter production of the musical “Chicago.” The show will be running on Thursday, February 24 and Friday, February 25 at 7:00 p.m. at Regis College (235 Wellesley Street).

McAneny will be playing the lead role as Velma Kelly, a vaudeville actress who is on trial for murder. Hornblower will be playing the role of Mona, one of Velma’s cell mates in jail. (L. McAneny & R.  Hornblower.)








From MA Gov

2011 Police Officer Exam

The Human Resources Division (HRD) is accepting applications for the 2011 Police Officer exam to be held on April 30, 2011. The results of this exam will be used to establish a Police Officer eligibility list for:

the MBTA Transit Police and;

cities and towns that are covered by civil service law

Application, fees and deadlines:

All applicants must read the detailed exam annoucement before submitting their application

$100 fee (if your application is received by March 15, 2011)

$150 fee (if your application is received by April 1, 2011)

Please note, applications WILL NOT be accepted after April 1, 2011. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the Human Resources Division, Civil Service unit.

Fiscal Year 2012 Budget

On Wednesday, January 26, 2011, Governor Deval Patrick submitted his Fiscal Year 2012 budget proposal to the House of Representatives. You can find this information at www.mass.gov/budget/governor.

http://spaceweather.com   News

MAJOR FLARE:  Earth-orbiting satellites have detected the strongest solar flare in more than four years.  At 0156 UT on Feb. 15th, giant sunspot 1158 unleashed an X2-class eruption.  X-flares are the strongest type of x-ray flare, and this is the first such eruption of new Solar Cycle 24.  The explosion that produced the flare also sent a solar tsunami rippling through the sun's atmosphere and, more importantly, hurled a coronal mass ejection toward Earth. This raises the possibility of geomagnetic storms in the days ahead. Visit  for images and updates.

SPACE WEATHER ALERTS:  Would you like a call when geomagnetic storms erupt in your area?  Sign up for http://spaceweatherphone.com (voice) or http://spaceweathertext.com (text) for space weather alerts.

Ntrak Model Trains!
School Vacation Begins with Ntrak Model Trains!
Saturday, February 19 and Sunday, February 20, 2011

Start February School Vacation Week with a weekend filled with model railroading fun! The Northeast Ntrak Modular Railroad Club will be at the Museum on Saturday, February 19 from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and Sunday, February 20 from noon-4:00 p.m. Admission to the train display is $7/family, but admission to the Museum is free.

The Ntrak trains are smaller in size than traditional model trains, but are just as much fun. Trains climb mountain passes, shunt freight cars, and use branch lines to pick up and set out cars at the many industries and stations along the way. Call the Museum for more information at 781-861-6559, ext. 4101.

*Note--The Museum is changing its winter hours schedule for this event. The Museum WILL be open on Sunday, February 20.

Winter Hours Now in Effect
Winter Hours Now in Effect
Through May 3, 2011

A reminder that the Museum is now operating on a winter hours schedule now through May 3, 2011. The Museum is open Wednesday through Saturday, from 10 am–4:30 pm, and is closed Sunday through Tuesday. Admission remains free.

Fan Us on Facebook!

Facebook is an easy way to stay current with Museum events and news. Please take a moment to fan us by clicking here, and help us spread the word about all our great exhibitions and programs!

Follow Us on Twitter!

If you enjoy Twitter, please follow the Museum! Yet another easy way we can keep you up to date.

National Heritage Museum
33 Marrett Road
Lexington, MA 02421
Free admission and parking
Winter Hours Schedule in Effect:
Wednesday through Saturday, 10 am–4:30 pm

Closed Sunday through Tuesday

The Museum was founded by and is supported by the Scottish Rite Freemasons.

Be sure to check out our blogs! The National Heritage Museum Blog is a great resource for information on American history, Freemasonry, Fraternalism, and Museum news. Our Learning Blog facilitates the use of primary sources to reconstruct the past.

Henry Michael  Johnson , 4 months, of Philadelphia, died suddenly on  February 9, 2011

Born in Wynnewood, PA on October 6, he was the infant son of   Michael Edward and Anne (Nowakowski) Johnson of Philadelphia.

  He also leaves his paternal grandparents, : Richard E. and  Diane O. Johnson of Southborough; maternal grandparents, Peter S. and Rita Nowakowski of Saratoga Springs, NY; his aunts and uncles, Paul R. Johnson and his wife Christelle El Haibi; Cynthia D. Johnson; Ellen M. Nowakowski,; Claire T. (Nowakowski) St. Cyr and her husband James; his great grandparents, Genevieve P. O'Day; Stephen and Lena Nowakowski.
Herny is pre-deceased by Thomas G. O'Day, Sereno W. and Doris L. Johnson, Dennis and Rita McGuire.

Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, Februray 15, from 4 to 6PM at the Morris Funeral Home, 40 Main St.  Southborough,  (Morrisfuneralparlror.com)

Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, Februray 16, at 10 am at St Anne Church, 20 Boston Road, Southborough.  Burial will follow in the Rural Cemetery in Southborough

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in his memory
The Henry Michael Johnson Scholarship Fund
                   Academy In Manayunk
                   169 Conarroe St.
                    Philadelphia, PA 19127

Sports and Recreation

ARHS Sports Photos by Chris Wraight www.thawkspix.com

ARHS Gymnastics Team Shines

The Algonquin Gymnastics team had an awesome showing at the Individual State Meet this past weekend.  Algonquin had two state champions and a gymnast chosen for the Senior National Team.
Alissa Wood is the state champion on floor and came in second on bars.  Chloe Herczeg is the state vault champion and also placed 4th on beam and 6th on floor.  Sarah Cooperman placed 8th on bars. Taryn Ryan and Kate Gothing were state qualifiers.  Taryn competed on bars and beam and Kate competed on bars. In the All Around Competition Amanda Hubley placed 7th and was chosen to represent Massachusetts as one of the members of the Senior National Team which will be competing in Fort Meyers FL in May.
Additionally their coach Amelia Davis was chosen by her peers as Coach of the Year and last week had the honor of being the Scholastic Sport Zone Coach of the Week.
These amazing young women and their coaches had an awesome day!

(Photo of Team from an earlier competition)


  • 375 Cochituate Rd
  • Framingham, MA 01701

Fundamentals of Rock Climbing Class



Learn the basics of climbing in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. This class will include an overview of the sport as well as individualized instruction in belaying, climbing equipment and climbing technique. All gear is provided.

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When: 02/18/2011 06:30 PM
Cost: $

Family Snowshoeing Class



Discover the freedom of snowshoeing! Learn appropriate technique, proper use of equipment and how to make every trip a success and focused on getting out with your kids.

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When: 02/19/2011 09:00 AM
Cost: $

Introduction to GPS Navigation Class



Head out into the field for a day of hands-on GPS navigation training. You'll learn how to enter waypoints, use the tracklog on your GPS, and transfer information between the unit and your map. If you own a GPS unit, please bring it.

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When: 02/19/2011 09:00 AM
Cost: $

Cross Country Ski Touring Class



Have you learned how to cross country ski, but aren't comfortable venturing out on your own yet? Has it been a while since you were on skis and feel a little shaky going down hills? Join us as our experienced instructors take you on a cross country ski tour thorugh varied terrain.

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When: 02/19/2011 09:00 AM
Cost: $

Digital Camera Basics Class



Find out everything you need to know about the basic functions of your digital camera from a professional photographer. We will cover exposure settings (automatic to manual mode), metering, auto focus, use of flash, file size and type, and playing back images.

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When: 02/22/2011 06:30 PM
Cost: $

Back in Action

February 14, 2011 - The town's sidewalk snow removal operation is back up and running.

Wind advisory in effect from 7 pm this evening to 6 am est Tuesday,
The NWS in taunt on has issued a wind advisory, which is in effect from 7 pm this evening to 6 am est. Tuesday.
Locations, most of Massachusetts except cape cod and the islands, most of Rhode Island except block island, Connecticut and south central and southwest New Hampshire.
Winds, northwest 15 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 to 50 mph.
Timing, this evening through early Tuesday morning.
Impacts, scattered power outages are possible along with downed trees limbs and power lines.
Precautionary/preparedness actions,
A wind advisory is issued when sustained winds are forecast to be 31 to 39 mph or gusts will range between 46 and 57 mph. Winds this strong are capable of downing small tree limbs and branches, possibly causing isolated power outages. Driving can also be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.
Please stay tuned to noaa weather radio, your local media, or go to www.weather.gov/box for further updates on this weather situation.

Shades of Gray

February 14, 2011 - A Field at the Cummings school of Veterinary Medicine at the Westborough and Grafton town line.

Sudbury Valley Trustees Conservation Outreach Events

The Desert Natural Area, a unique cluster of conservation lands in Sudbury and Marlborough, has some particularly special habitat potential.  The area is known for its well-drained, sandy soils in which you will find expanses of white pine and clumps of pitch pine-scrub oak woods -- a nationally declining habitat.  These forests provide homes for birds such as eastern towhees and whip-poor-wills, both of which have been experiencing population declines in recent years.  The sandy soils and wetlands provide great homes and nesting grounds for turtles.

SVT and the City of Marlborough are planning forest management and habitat restoration activities to promote these special habitats in the Desert Natural Area and we want the public to be as informed as possible.  To foster communications between neighboring landowners and the general public about changes to the landscape, we are hosting several outreach and education events.

Fire Dependent Forests

Date: March 3, 2011

Time: 7pm

Location: Visitors' Center at the Assabet River National Widlife Refuge

Tim Simmons, a restoration ecologist with Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program, will talk about pitch pine-scrub oak barrens.  This forest type, which provides habitat for some rare wildlife species including Barren's buck moth, whip-poor-wills and New England cottontails, relies on fire to regenerate.  While pitch pine-scrub oak forests are nationally endangered due to fire suppression, they are found in the Desert Natural Area in Marlborough and Sudbury.  Sudbury Valley Trustees is interested in a carrying-out a forest management plan that promotes the existing pitch pine-scrub oak barrens in our Memorial Forest in the Desert Natural Area.  Tim will talk about his experiences managing forests for this unique habitat.  Talk is co-hosted by Friends of the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and SVT.  Members of the local community are especially encouraged to attend.

Field Observation Interpretive Walk at Memorial Forest

Date: March 19, 2011

Time: 11 am

Location:  Memorial Forest on Dutton Road in Sudbury

Come learn about the unique forest types and habitat in SVT's Memorial Forest, part of the Desert Natural Area in Sudbury and Marlborough.  Learn how SVT plans to promote the land's potential for rare plant and wildlife species through forest management.  Participants will practice observational skills, noting animals, plants and wildlife signs as well as property accessibility and usage.  Information gathered will be used to promote conservation education and inform our property management plans.  Bring a camera to try your hand at photographing Memorial Forest's treasures and your pictures may be added to the Nature Sightings page of our website (www.svtweb.org/nature-sightings).

Community Turtle Search & Education Day View Details

Date: April 9, 2011

Time: 10 am

Location: Memorial Forest on Dutton Road in Sudbury

This fun outing will kick-off the Great Turtle Search in Memorial Forest and Marlborough.  Come learn all about turtles, examine live wood turtles, and try to spot one in its natural habitat!  SVT and the City of Marlborough will be conducting citizen-science surveys of turtles throughout the spring until mid-June. 

Contact Erin Snook to sign up for any of these events:  esnook@svtweb.org or 978-443-5588x21.

Sports and Recreation

ARHS Sports Photos by Chris Wraight www.thawkspix.com

Buffalo Soldiers

February 13, 2011 - Members of the Southborough Buffalo Soldiers go over several of their upcoming appearances around the commonwealth this spring.

Steeple Coffee House

February 13, 2011 - Las night the Steeple Coffee House presented the Dave Pietro Quartet.  The Steeple Coffee House has great concerts during the winter months and also gives to the Southborough Food Pantry.  Tomasso's offers great food for those in attendance.

Sunday  13


Tuesday 15

Wednesday 16

Thursday 17

Friday 18

Saturday 19




Southborough Library  website:  Click here

The Southborough Public Library Genealogy Club will host Thomas Toohey speaking on Irish Genealogy on Thursday, February 17, 2011, at 7:00 p.m., at the Southborough Public Library. The Genealogy Club will have a business meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. before the talk.


Senior Center Activities

14 Monday 15 Tuesday 16 Wednesday 17 Thursday 18 Friday 19 Saturday
8:30 am Health clinic 7:45 am Walking Group 8:30 am Health clinic 9:30 Mah Jongg
10:00 AM Canasta
open 9:00 AM


9:30 Tai Chi
  11:00 Senior Singers 10 AM Creative Writers 12:00 Pitch 10:00 AM Painting Workshop
9:30 am Cribbage 12:00 PM Bridge
11:00 AM Culinary Underground
12 Pitch
5:00 Business Advisory Council
2:00 Fitness   2 pm fitness  


Senior Center "Main Room" is CLOSED
for Construction during the months of
Jan. & Feb. 20011

There will be NO Blues Plate Specials

Following is a list of Temporary Locations:




Pilgrim Church

Tai Chi:

Pilgrim Church

Senior Singers:

Pilgrim Church

Painting Workshops:

Colonial Gardens


Colonial Gardens (12-3)

Mah Jongg:

Board of Health

Saturday Mornings:

Country Kitchen at Senior Center



Inclement Weather Closing Policy

If Southboro Schools are delayed or closed due to inclement weather, then the Senior Center will be closed that day and all programs are cancelled, including Meals-on-Wheels

Click here for the Senior Center Website

Support Our Senior Centers:

Stop on in and get your "Senior Centers Bumper Sticker"

Southborough meetings

February 14 to February 18, 2010





Advisory Board - Agenda Feb 14 7:30 PM McAuliffe Hearing Room, Town House
Historical Commission - Agenda Feb 14 6:00 PM Historical Museum, 25 Common Street
Affordable Housing Trust Committee - Agenda Feb 15 5:45 PM McAuliffe Hearing Room, Town House
Board of Selectmen - Agenda Feb 15 7:00 PM McAuliffe Hearing Room, Town House
Neary School Council - Agenda Feb 15 3:00 PM Conference Room, Neary School, 53 Parkerville
Youth Commission - Agenda Feb 15 7:15 PM Fayville Village Hall, 42 Central Street
Zoning Advisory Committee - Agenda Feb 16 7:00 PM Library Meeting Room, Southborough Public Library
Southborough Housing Authority - Agenda Feb 16 6:30 PM Southborough Housing Authority 49 Boston Road
Personnel Board - Agenda Feb 16 6:45 PM Conference Room A, Town House
Northborough/Southborough Regional School Committee - Agenda Feb 16 7:00 PM Algonquin Regional High School Library, 79 Bartlett Street, Northborough
Conservation Comission - Agenda Feb 17 7:30 PM McAuliffe Hearing Room, Town House
New Firefighter

February 13, 2011 - Introducing Southborough's newest firefighter Dan Martins.

Space Weather News for Feb. 14, 2011

EARTH-DIRECTED SOLAR ACTIVITY: Solar activity increased sharply over the weekend with the eruption of an M6.6-class solar flare from behemoth sunspot 1158.  The blast produced a strong burst of radio waves heard in the loudspeakers of shortwave receivers around the dayside of our planet, and it appears to have hurled a faint coronal mass ejection toward Earth.  Sights and sounds from the event are highlighted on today's edition of http://spaceweather.com.

SPACE WEATHER ALERTS:  Would you like a call when geomagnetic storms erupt in your area?  Sign up for http://spaceweatherphone.com (voice) or http://spaceweathertext.com (text) for space weather alerts.


February 13, 2011 - Several chunks of pavement are piled up by the Railroad lights at the Main Street Crossing.  Looks like they got plowed up by accident.

Sports and Recreation

ARHS Sports Photos by Chris Wraight www.thawkspix.com

February 14, 2011 - ARHS Girls Hockey took on Shrewsbury winning 4 - 3 last night.

ARHS Sports

Sunday 2/13

1:00PM G V Cheering-Winter @ Auburn High School Cheering Invitational

Monday 2/14

3:30PM B FR Basketball @ St. Johns H.S. Postponed to TBA

4:00PM B FR Basketball @ Leominster High School

5:30PM B JV Basketball @ Leominster High School

5:30PM G JV Basketball vs. Acton-Boxborough Regional HS

7:00PM B V Basketball @ Leominster High School

8:20PM G V Ice Hockey vs. Gardner High School

Tuesday 2/15

3:40PM B V Ice Hockey @ Wachusett Regional H.S.

Wednesday 2/16

4:00PM B FR Basketball @ Shepherd Hill Regional HS

4:00PM G FR Basketball vs. Shepherd Hill Regional HS

5:30PM B JV Basketball @ Shepherd Hill Regional HS

5:30PM G JV Basketball vs. Shepherd Hill Regional HS

6:30PM B JV Ice Hockey @ Auburn High School

7:00PM B V Basketball @ Shepherd Hill Regional HS

7:00PM G V Basketball vs. Shepherd Hill Regional HS

7:30PM B V Ice Hockey @ Auburn High School

8:00PM G V Ice Hockey vs. Masconomet High School

Thursday 2/17

3:00PM C V Ski @ Fun Race @Ski Ward

4:00PM B FR Basketball @ St. Johns H.S

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