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May 15, 2011 - May 21, 2011

Saturday, June 11

Marlborough Hospital Safe Summer Fun Day

The 13th Annual Marlborough Hospital Safe Summer Fun Day will be Saturday, June 11 from 10 am to 2 pm on the front lawn of Marlborough Hospital at 157 Union Street, Marlborough. The free child-oriented health and safety fair will be held rain or shine. The hospital will once again sponsor bike helmet fitting where trained Marlborough Hospital staff will properly fit and give away children’s bicycle helmets, while supplies last. For adults who wish to be fitted, a $10 donation is requested.  The event will feature many hands-on hospital exhibits such as healthy eating, “doctor dress up,” sun exposure screenings, heart health and stopping germs from spreading, to name a few. The day will also feature fun, family-oriented activities such as face painting, balloon animals, an obstacle course, a trackless train, a deejay, games and giveaways. Tours of the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, Mobile Safety Streets, fire trucks and ambulances are also planned. The event is sponsored by St. Mary’s Credit Union. For more information call 508-486-5806.

Time:              10 am to 2 pm

Location:        Marlborough Hospital, 157 Union Street, Marlborough, MA

Cost:               Free. Lunch available for a nominal charge



Sunday, June 12 
Marlborough Safe Summer Family Fun Ride
On the Sunday, June 12 a bicycle ride for all ages and bicycling abilities will be held along the beautiful Assabet River Rail Trail organized by Bike Marlborough in conjunction the Marlborough Hospital Safe Summer Fun Day. The ride starts at 36 Jefferson St, Marlborough (across from Kelleher Field). Registration begins at 9 am and the ride is from 10 am to noon. Street crossings will be staffed and supervised with snack and water stops will be provided along the route. Riders will be rewarded with helmet stickers along the route. Overflow parking is available in the back lot at Marlborough Hospital (signs will be posted for a short walk or ride to the trail). Helmets are required for cyclists, there is no admission charge and various groups will host booths. For more information, email 
info@bikemarlborough.orgvisit bikemarlborough.org, or call 617-470-5440.

Time:              9 am – Registration, 10 am to noon - Ride 
Location:        Assabet River Rail Trail, 36 Jefferson St, Marlborough MA (across from

           Kelleher Field)
Cost:               Free

Spring/Summer 2011 Programs/registration
now available


NEW Summer Program for college kids coming home!!
Soccer & Basketball
ages 18 - 25


Half Day Summer Camps
Kid's Kamp (pk - grade 1)
Kid's Klub (grade 2 - 5)

Additional Summer Programs


Southborough Summer Nights FaceBook

Algonquin Regional High School



 "The Adding Machine" -  by Elmer Rice

Directed by Tom Alera

This darkly comical play tells the story of Mr. Zero, who after 25 years of service to his company is replaced by a mechanical adding machine. Shocked and distraught from this unexpected incident, Mr. Zero takes matters into his own hands. This classic American Expressionistic play follows Mr. Zero’s journey through life, death, romance, and redemption. A landmark piece of theater in 1923 that explored the powerful effects of the rising machine age as well as the search for an understanding about what it means to be human.

Wednesday, May 18 @ 6:00pm (preview performance)
Thursday, May 19 @ 7:00pm
Friday, May 20 @ 7:00pm
Saturday, May 21 @ 3:00pm and 7:00pm (2 shows)

Reserve Tickets at ARHSTickets@gmail.com

Adults $8.00
Students $5.00

This production will be held in the Small Performance Theater at Algonquin Regional High School.





BOSTON – As part of its upcoming series of public workshops to discuss proposed landscape

designations on state properties, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is

releasing the following draft map. DCR is holding a series of seven regional workshops across

the Commonwealth this spring to seek public input on the application of landscape

designations for DCR properties.

At each workshop, DCR staff will provide the statewide context for the draft designations, but

the discussion will be focused on park land in that particular region of the Commonwealth.

The workshops are public and therefore open to anyone interested in the future management of

DCR park land. The designations will be finalized by fall 2011.

The landscape designation process involves categorizing 308,000 acres of DCR lands as either

“parklands,” “reserves,” or “woodlands” to prioritize the services and values these lands

provide to the public and the environment. The designations are a top recommendation of the

Forest Futures Visioning process that the agency undertook in 2009-2010 to develop a

renewed vision and long-term strategy for managing forest lands in the state park system.

Of the three new categories, “parklands” would be managed primarily for recreation, human

experiences, and the protection of cultural and natural features. “Reserves” would be managed

primarily for biological diversity based on natural processes and the protection of large,

contiguous blocks of high-value ecosystems. “Woodlands” would be managed primarily for

state-of-the-art sustainable forestry, forest products, and active carbon management.

The upcoming workshops will build upon the first round of workshops held last fall that

elicited public input on the draft selection criteria and management guidelines for the three


DCR is holding the workshops around the state to share draft maps, such as the one released

today, showing the designations that have been applied to all properties and discuss them with

the public. The regional workshops will be held in the following communities:

Tuesday, May 24

Essex Agricultural & Technical High School

562 Maple St.


6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 25

Elm Bank Reservation

Washington St.


6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 26

Berkshire Athenaeum

1 Wendell Ave.


6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 2

Frontier Regional High School

113 North Main St.

South Deerfield

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Monday, June 6

North Middle School

350 Southampton Rd.


6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 7

Bristol County Agricultural High School

135 Center Street


6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Monday, June 13

The Trustees of the Reservation’s Doyle Conservation Center

464 Abbot Ave


6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Further information about the Forest Futures Visioning Process, the draft Landscape

Designation selection criteria and management guidelines, and the fall 2010 series of

Landscape Designation public workshops is available on DCR’s website, www.mass.gov/dcr

Sports and Recreation

ARHS Sports Photos by Chris Wraight www.thawkspix.com

5th Annual 5K Walk/Run for Autism

A very sincere
Thank You to each of our 1,300 participants, volunteers and supporters

 who came out on May 7th on behalf of The New England Center for Children and

 autism awareness! Through your efforts and the support of our generous sponsors,

SBLI of MA, ComTrade, DCU for Kids, NY Life, and the Ruzzo Family we raised over

 $175,000… a 5K Walk/Run record. Your support will continue to help NECC’s Annual

 Fund achieve its goal of providing our students the chance at productive and healthy

 lives. Thank you again, and we look forward to seeing you on May 12, 2012, for the 6th

 Annual 5K Walk/Run for Autism! Click here to view photos from the event.


ARHS Sports
Sat 5/21 - Sun 5/22
Monday 5/23
Tuesday 5/24
Wednesday 5/25




Southborough Open Land Foundation presents 2011 Elaine Beals Conservation Award to Richard V. Upjohn

At its annual meeting on May 17, the Southborough Open Land Foundation presented the 2011 Elaine Beals Conservation Award  to Richard V. Upjohn, of Southborough. Mr. Upjohn, who grew up in New York City, developed a love of the outdoors at his family's summer home in the Monadnock region of New Hampshire.  In 1960, he and wife Sabra moved to Southborough with their family to teach at the Fay School, where he shared his love of nature with students. To emphasize the need to conserve resources Dick started Fay’s recycling program. Later, he helped establish Southborough’s recycling program. Dick is a longtime member of the Conservation Commission and the Community Preservation Commission. Practicing what he preaches, Mr. Upjohn is often seen bicycling about town.


The Elaine Beals Conservation Award honors Southborough resident Elaine Beals, a Southborough Open Land Foundation member and former trustee. Mrs. Beals is also a longtime benefactor to Worcester County nonprofits. The award is given annually to a person or group who helps preserve and protect Southborough’s open lands and rural character. In addition to Mrs. Beals (2006), other recipients include Frederica Gillespie (2007), David Morgan (2008), Carol Gay (2009), and Linda Hubley (2010).


Founded in 1988, Southborough Open Land Foundation today owns 17 parcels of Southborough woodlands, totaling 183 acres, for the community’s passive recreation and educational use. To learn more, visit SOLF.org.


Pictured in the photo are Dick Upjohn and Elaine Beals. Photo by Chris Vatis.


“Supporting Children’s Friendships”

A Workshop for K-5 Parents

The presentation focuses on the many ways to help

parents and guardians understand developmentally

typical patterns that occur in children’s friendships, as

well as those which are more difficult. The workshop

also provides a framework for when and how parents

should become involved with their children’s friendship

issues. The program was developed in partnership with

the award-winning Families First Parenting Programs.

Friday, June 3, 2011

9:30 am

Woodward Elementary School Cafeteria


Sponsored by

Finn SOS and

Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Grant – Title



May 19, 2011 - The Cercopia Moth is North America's largest moth.  It is considered a Giant Silkmoth.  They usually only live seven to ten days.

SEERY, Helen (Mariano) Of Westfield, 71, entered into eternal rest on Monday, May 9, 2011. Born in Cambridge, daughter of the late Gene and Mary (Conley) Mariano, she was a former resident of Wellesley and Southboro before moving here six years ago. Helen held a Master's Degree in Mathematics from Worcester State College and was a professor of Mathematics at Massachusetts Bay Community College, receiving her teaching degree from Boston College. She was a member of the Westfield Women's Club and a communicant of Our Lady of the Lake Church in Southwick. She leaves her husband, Paul G. Seery, two sons, William Seery of Westboro, Owen Seery of Westfield, a sister, Jane Condon of Westfield, a grandchild, a niece and four nephews. A private funeral and burial was held at the convenience of the family. Agawam Funeral Home was in charge. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Children's Hospital Boston, 300 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215-5403.

NOAA; 2011 Hurricane outlook indicates an above-normal Atlantic season


The Atlantic basin is expected to see an above-normal hurricane season this year, according to the seasonal outlook issued by NOAA's Climate Prediction Center - a division of the National Weather Service.


Across the entire Atlantic Basin for the six-month season, which begins June 1, NOAA is predicting the following ranges this year:

• 12 to 18 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which:

• 6 to 10 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including:

• 3 to 6 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher)


Each of these ranges has a 70 percent likelihood, and indicate that activity will exceed the seasonal average of 11 named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes.


"The United States was fortunate last year. Winds steered most of the season's tropical storms and all hurricanes away from our coastlines," said Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D., undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. "However we can't count on luck to get us through this season. We need to be prepared, especially with this above-normal outlook."


Climate factors considered for this outlook are:

• The continuing high activity era. Since 1995, the tropical multi-decadal signal has brought ocean and atmospheric conditions conducive for development in sync, leading to more active Atlantic hurricane seasons.

• Warm Atlantic Ocean water. Sea surface temperatures where storms often develop and move across the Atlantic are up to two degrees Fahrenheit warmer-than-average.

• La Niña, which continues to weaken in the equatorial Pacific Ocean, is expected to dissipate later this month or in June, but its impacts such as reduced wind shear are expected to continue into the hurricane season.


"In addition to multiple climate factors, seasonal climate models also indicate an above-normal season is likely, and even suggest we could see activity comparable to some of the active seasons since 1995," said Gerry Bell, Ph.D., lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA's Climate Prediction Center.


NOAA's seasonal hurricane outlook does not predict where and when any of these storms may hit. Landfall is dictated by weather patterns in place at the time the storm approaches. For each storm, NOAA's National Hurricane Center forecasts how these weather patterns affect the storm track, intensity and landfall potential.


"The tornadoes that devastated the South and the large amount of flooding we've seen this spring should serve as a reminder that disasters can happen anytime and anywhere. As we move into this hurricane season it's important to remember that FEMA is just part of an emergency management team that includes the entire federal family, state, local and tribal governments, the private sector and most importantly the public," said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate.


"Now is the time, if you haven't already, to get your plan together for what you and your family would do if disaster strikes. Visit ready.gov to learn more. And if you're a small business owner, visit http://www.ready.gov/business to ensure that your business is prepared for a disaster," added Fugate.


Hurricane impacts are not limited to the coastline; strong winds and flooding rainfall often pose a threat across inland areas along with the risk for tornadoes.


Next week, May 22-28, is national Hurricane Preparedness Week. To help prepare residents of hurricane-prone areas, NOAA is unveiling a new set of video and audio public service announcements featuring NOAA hurricane experts and the FEMA administrator that are available in both English and Spanish. These are available at http://www.hurricanes.gov/prepare.

Please submit comments to Jean Kitchen by May 26th regarding the Attorney General's Office effort to provide future guidance for public bodies on Open Meeting Law topics and agenda items.

See the Attorney General's website for detailed information.


Sports and Recreation

ARHS Sports Photos by Chris Wraight www.thawkspix.com

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May 2011

Northern Bearded TyrannuletDear Birding Friends,

When last I wrote I was heading to South Texas in search of Rio Grande Valley specialties like the tiny Northern Bearded Tyrannulet. With the help of my enthusiastic fellow travelers, the group ultimately enjoyed great views of not only this modest little flycatcher, but over 190 other species during our 10-day excursion.

Among a plethora of trip highlights was the discovery of a White-throated Robin, a first-ever record for the famous King Ranch, and one of only a handful of records for  the United States. Also seen were rarities such as Masked Duck, Whooping Crane, and Crimson-collared Grosbeak, along with show-stoppers like White-tailed Kite, Green Jay, and Altamira Oriole. All and all, a rich and exciting birding experience for everyone.

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, courtesy Alan Vernon, Wikimedia

Closer to home, I also found my blue-gray gnatcatcher right on time; in fact, a nest-building pair was confirmed in one of my Breeding Bird Atlas blocks. And most recently, the IBA Team made a surgically executed Bird-a-thon assault of Important Bird Areas in Plymouth and Bristol County, where we successfully located 169 species in 24-hours. What’s been keeping you busy and happy in your birding life this month?

Good Birding!
Wayne Petersen, Director
Important Bird Area (IBA) Program

Honor Your Favorite Bird and Birder

Great Blue Heron copyright George McLeanHere’s a novel idea for Father’s Day, a special birthday, or just because. Honor a special birder and bird by sponsoring the species of your choice on the forthcoming Breeding Bird Atlas 2 web page.

When our atlasing team wraps up the final round of atlasing during this year's breeding season, the treasure trove of data collected by 600 people over 5 years will be put online and will include detailed species accounts, distribution maps, and beautiful illustrations for each of the 200+ species known to breed in the Commonwealth.

Pied-billed Grebe, Henrietta YelleWith your gift of $1,000 or more to the Preserving a Commonwealth of Birds Campaign, we will include your name or the name of your honoree on the species web page of your choice!

You will help ensure that this gigantic and exciting project succeeds, while owning your own little piece of history, be that Great Blue Heron, Pied-billed Grebe or anything in between. Contact Henrietta Yelle at 781-259-2239 to reserve your favorite now!

Sustainable Farming Supports Bird Life

Bobolink by John SillMass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm grows fifty types of fruits and vegetables using farming techniques that go beyond organic standards. No chemical fertilizers, herbicides or insecticides are used. Not only does this make the produce safer for human consumption but it is healthier for our local bird populations as well.

Many birds nest in the surrounding shrub borders or in one of the 38 manmade boxes on the sanctuary. The managed grassland, adjacent to the farm field, is home to ground-nesting bobolinks. Collectively these birds feed in the crops fields reducing the insect load that harm vegetable plants and the subsequent need for human intervention. Birds eating destructive insects is just one example of the farm-nature connection that makes Drumlin Farm so special.

A Legacy Lost, but a Tribute to Bird-Banding
Peregrine Falcon, courtesy Dennis Branson, WikimediaTwo weeks ago on May 4, a dead hawk was discovered on a downtown Boston sidewalk.  Noticing that the bird was banded, the conscientious finder reported it. Thanks to its traceable band numbers, the hawk proved to be an adult female Peregrine Falcon originally tagged at Mt. Desert Island, ME in 1994. 

Not only was the falcon 17 years old, she was the founding female of a pair that have been nesting on the Christian Science Church Building in Boston for many years. Since 1996 she produced 38 young, among which was a banded female found nesting on the Mid-Hudson Bridge in NY in 2003. 

Banding programs all over the region provide irrefutable data on the movements of our avian citizens from peregrines to saw-whet owls to songbirds. We bid this particular banded bird a special fond farewell.

Seeing orange? Please tell us! For five years, we have asked citizen scientists to report oriole sightings to help us track an apparent decline in this spectacular species through our Oriole Project. Use our online Oriole Reporter today and all season to tell us about any orioles you see!

Baltimore Oriole, copyright George McLean

The Original Tweet
Last weekend, 633 birders set out on a 24-hour birding marathon - yes, it was Mass Audubon's Bird-a-thon.

Great Horned Owlets at Mount Auburn

While the final results are still being tallied, we know that 270 species were seen with several teams spotting over 200 species. And at least 5 teams raised over $5,000 each! Best of all, the birding was spectacular. No doubt, seeing these two easily visible Great Horned Owlets in Cambridge was a highlight for many folks.


Enter our 2011 Picture This Photo Contest with your best shot that highlights people in nature and the beauty of Massachusetts' wildlife and landscapes.

Picture This Photo Contest 2011


Check out some of our many
birding programs statewide. 


Birding the Cape & Islands
June 4 Birding by Boat
  Felix Neck, Martha's Vnyd
Jun 6 Osprey Walk
  Wellfleet Bay, Wellfleet
Jun 11 Swallows of Ashumet
  Long Pasture, Barnstable
More Cape & Islands Birding>>

Birding Southeastern Mass
May 28 Scituate Intro Birding
  So Shore Sanctuaries
Jun 25 Plymouth Intro Birding
  So Shore Sanctuaries
More SoEastern Mass Birding>>

Birding Greater Boston
May 26 Birding the Billings Loop
  Moose Hill, Sharon
Jun 2 Beginning Birding
  Stony Brook, Norfolk
Jun 11 Bird Photography
  Visual Arts Ctr, Canton   
More Metro Boston Birding>>

Overnight & International Birding Trips>>

Father and son birding Mt. Auburn

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Show your support by making a gift online at our secure site. We have just over $200,000 left to raise to reach the goal for the Preserving a Common Wealth of Birds campaign. Thank you so much! 

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May 18, 2011 - The removal process of the Southville Road sidewalks have begun from the Westborough town line eastward.

New Store in Town

May 18, 2011 - The sign is up on the Stony Brook Market.  The store is under new management and is not associated at all with the former Colony Market.

We are pleased to have a split bill on June 11th of RUNA and Ellis at the Steeple Coffeehouse in Southboro.  This will be the last show of the season.


RUNA burst onto the music scene during the summer of 2008 and has been taking audiences by storm ever since!  Drawing on the diverse musical backgrounds of its band members, RUNA brings a contemporary and refreshing experience to traditional and more recently composed Celtic material.  Through their repertoire of both highly energetic and graceful, acoustic melodies, along with their fusion of music from Ireland, Scotland, the Shetland Islands, Canada, and the United States, this vocal and instrumental ensemble gives its arrangements of traditional songs and tunes a fresh sound. 

RUNA consists of vocalist, Shannon Lambert-Ryan of Philadelphia, Dublin-born guitarist, Fionán de Barra, and Cheryl Prashker of Canada on percussion.  The band often performs with world-renowned, guest musicians, including Isaac Alderson on the uilleann pipes, flutes, and whistles, and Tomoko Omura on the fiddle.

Members of RUNA have played with Solas, Riverdance, Clannad, Fiddlers’ Bid, Moya Brennan, Eileen Ivers, Hazel O’Conner, Full Frontal Folk, Keith & Kristyn Getty, and the Guy Mendilow Band.

Ellis may not be a household name, but once you’ve seen her perform you’re not likely to forget her. A mix of folk artist, dharma teacher, and comedienne, her music is best described by the effect it has on her audience rather than a particular genre. Simply put, she leaves audiences better than she finds them, with softened edges & opened hearts. With compelling songwriting and engaging performances, Ellis is quietly amassing a loyal following of supporters across the country.

A native of Texas, Ellis moved to Minneapolis at the age of 16, where she quickly built a local following that blossomed into a nationwide presence, with extensive touring and seven albums released in the last sixteen years. In addition to selling more than 35,000 copies of her CDs independently, Ellis has accrued a wealth of accomplishments including national songwriting honors and performances at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Sisters Folk Festival and the Rocky Mountain Folk Festival.


Gloomy Day

May 18, 2011 - Gloomy days of fog and rain seem to be a daily occurrence.

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The Town of Southborough has joined the “Mass 2-1-1” system


As of May 18, 2011, residences of the Town of Southborough have another resource for obtaining emergency and limited non-emergency information when events and emergencies occur within the Town of Southborough and/or across the State.


The Mass 2-1-1 program is a statewide 24/7/365 informational call center.  The system is commonly used to disseminate emergency & limited non-emergency information to the public through an automated phone system. Unlike the Town’s Reverse 9-1-1 system, Mass 2-1-1 is a call-in only system and does not automatically call out to phones when new messages are posted.  Mass 2-1-1 will not replace R9-1-1, but offer another informational resource to the community.


Mass 2-1-1 can be used by anyone in the community to obtain information. Examples of information could include: extended road closures, significant water-main breaks, power outage time lines, location of shelters, request to shelter-in-place, status of emergencies, boil water orders and local health issues, etc.  Additionally the system may be used to guide callers on where to acquire additional detailed information (i.e. Southborough websites, etc).


Two of the greatest benefits of Mass 2-1-1, is that any caller can obtain statewide information or that posted by any community in Massachusetts.  For example, callers can obtain information regarding their home community while at work in another community.  The other benefit is that the system will greatly reduce call volume into the Town’s 9-1-1 Communications Center, as the need to know information will be posted on Mass 2-1-1.  The community is still advised to call

 9-1-1 with any and all emergencies!


How to use the system (is simple):

1)      Access Mass 2-1-1 information by dialing “2-1-1” from any phone or online at www.mass211help.org.

2)      When access is made ask for the information you desire (i.e. Statewide, Southborough)

3)      If information has been posted by the State/Community that information will be relayed to you (verbatim).


To obtain more information regarding Mass 2-1-1, and the other services the system offers please visit www.Mass2-1-1.org. You many also contact Neal Aspesi at the Southborough Emergency Management Agency by phone or at naspesi@southboroughma.com.


Sports and Recreation

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ARHS Sports
Thursday 5/19
Friday 5/20
Sat 5/21 - Sun 5/22
Monday 5/23




Flowers and Water

May 16, 2011 - Looks like there will be many more days of rain and showers this week.

Land Conserved in Southborough

On March 10, 2011, a conservation restriction was recorded on 39 acres of forested upland and wetland along Gilmore Road, a designated scenic road in Southborough.

On March 10, 2011, a conservation restriction was recorded on 39 acres of forested upland and wetland along Gilmore Road, a designated scenic road in Southborough.  EMC generously donated both the conservation restriction and a stewardship endowment to SVT, and EMC will continue to hold title to the property, which is adjacent to EMC's Southborough campus.   The protected property has been identified as a high priority area for wildlife, and it includes three vernal pools.  SVT stewardship staff is now evaluating possibilities for a public trail network through the property, so stay tuned.  We thank EMC for its very generous donation and for permanently protecting this beautiful woodland for future generations!


Mildred M. (Perry) Lacombe, 87, of Concord, NH, formerly of Southborough, died Saturday, May 14, 2011 in Concord after a long illness.

Her husband, Arthur Lacombe, predeceased her. She leaves two daughters: Elaine E. Walker of Concord, NH and Cheryl L. Tinkham of Manchester, NH; two brothers: John W. Perry, Jr., of Marlborough and Donald Perry of Northborough; several nieces and nephews. She was also predeceased by her first husband, Samuel Marcou.

She was born in Allston, daughter of John W. Perry Sr., and Ethel (Bates) Perry and lived in the Marlborough/Southborough area for many years before moving to New Hampshire. She graduated from the former Peters High School in Southborough.

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, May 18th at 11am in Rural Cemetery, Southborough. There are no calling hours. Morris Funeral Home, 40 Main Street, Southborough is directing arrangements.


The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is offering the following course in Southborough. 

(There are two offerings, you only need to attend one).


Small Animal Handling & First Aid (3:00pm - 5:00pm) at Southborough Fire Department on June 13, 2011

Small Animal Handling & First Aid (6:00pm - 8:00pm) at Southborough Fire Department on June 13, 2011

As we share an Animal Control Officer with several communities he/she may quickly become overwhelmed

and/or not be available to respond.  This is a good course to ensure we will have trained personnel to respond 

(to act or advise) immediately.  While it will be beneficial for disaster situations, it will be equally beneficial during

small, daily incidents as well (which are far more common). 


One of the best parts of the class is that it will train responders/personnel how to enhance their own personal

safety around animals in various environmental situations.


If interested please visit the MEMA website to enroll.



Space Weather News for May 16, 2011

Endeavour has left the planet. The space shuttle lifted off this morning at 8:56 am EDT on a two week mission to the International Space Station. There it will deliver the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer--a $1.5 billion cosmic ray detector that could reveal the nature of dark matter and find whole galaxies made of antimatter.  Links to more information are available at http://spaceweather.com.

This is Endeavour's final flight as the shuttle program winds down. During the mission, Endeavour will make numerous passes over North America, Australia, and other places. Would you like to see it one last time? You can turn your cell phone into a field tested shuttle tracker by downloading our Simple Flybys app.  Details at http://simpleflybys.com

You are subscribed to the Space Weather mailing list, a free service of Spaceweather.com.

New subscribers may sign up for free space weather alerts at  http://spaceweather.com/services/ .

Sports and Recreation

ARHS Sports Photos by Chris Wraight www.thawkspix.com

The Marlboro Sr. Softball teams went 1-3 this week splitting with the Wayland Gray Sox and dropping two to the Wayland A Team..

The Sr. Panthers dropped two to the Wayland “A” Team losing the first 13 – 8 and the 2nd  12 – 11 in the last of the 7th.   Marlboro’s offense was led by Steve Goldstein 4 for 7 and Fred Scerra going 2 for 3 with a double and 2 walks..  The Jr. Panthers played the Wayland Gray Sox  and split their doubleheader.  The Jr. Panthers won the first game 7 – 3 and dropped the 2nd game 7 – 4.  Marlboro’s offense was led Lani Kokahiko and Dennis Naylor both going 4 for 5.



National Trails Day Trail Design Workshop


Starts: 6/04/2011 9:00am - 1:30pm


Location(s): Doyle Community Park & Center, 464 Abbott Ave, Leominster, MA


Contact information: Amanda Lewis, amanda.lewis@state.ma.us

413-586-8706 x19


Cost: FREE


The Massachusetts Recreational Trails Advisory Board (MARTAB) and The Trustee's of Reservations' Doyle Community Park & Center offer this workshop as part of a continuing series of trails education, training, and networking workshops and events to assist the trails community of Massachusetts in establishing and enhancing a sustainable, diverse, and, most importantly, enjoyable trail system across the state that incorporates the goals of all trail user groups and preferences. This workshop is funded by the national Recreational Trails Program (RTP) in partnership with The Trustees of Reservations' Doyle Community Park & Center and organized by MARTAB, the RTP advisory board consisting of dedicated trails professionals and volunteers representing every major trail user group in the state.

MARTAB's mission is to educate trail users and workers, advocate for trails and trails funding in Massachusetts, and assist in the selection and oversight of grants and initiatives funded by the Recreational Trails Program in Massachusetts. This workshop will focus on the basics of trail planning and design. There will be a morning, classroom presentation discussing sustainable trail planning, design and construction. In the afternoon, three field sessions will be offered focusing on hands-on sustainable trail design and layout tools and techniques, basic trail assessment for low-lying wet trails, and the planning and design of trails to allow for greater accessibility. The training sessions will be hosted by the New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA) and Dick O'Brien of Winding Trail Designs. Please join us for this "back to basics" training opportunity. We look forward to sharing our expertise with other trails enthusiasts but also look forward to fostering communication among workshop participants to encourage the sharing of knowledge and resources throughout the greater Massachusetts trails community. For Registration and to receive an agenda and a list of "what to bring", contact Amanda Lewis, at amanda.lewis@state.ma.us or 413-586-8706 ext. 19.



Doreen Ferguson, Director

Southborough Recreation

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Please pick up your work from previous group shows.
May: Explorations, New work by Randi Isaacson.

May 20-28; Drop off for the Budding Artist Show
June 4th, 3-5p.m.; Opening Reception for the Budding Artist Show.
Artists 13yrs and under.  View the Show until June 10th.
Pickup June 11th.
June- High School Art Show,"The Next Generation"
Drop-off June 3rd-9th.
Opening Reception June 18th from 3-5p.m.
View Show until June 24th. Artist Pickup on June 25th.
 It is that time of year again where we encourage the young artists in our lives to create!  What a fabulous life long gift to give to them.  We are ready with hundreds of new ready made frames to frame up your kids work for the Budding Artist Show 2011! This show features artists 13 years old or younger.  If you know any budding artists that might be interested in seeing their work on our walls, please let them know what we have going on.  All work must be 11x14 or smaller and wired for hanging!  Drop-off is May 20-28th. Registration forms are available online!  This show is great fun with prize bags for everyone!  And super big prizes for the 3 top People's Choice Awards!
     Also in June, we will be having our first High School Show, "The Next Generation 2011".  Submissions will be accepted June 3-9th, Bob Collins of the Museum School of the MFA and the Danforth Museum will be judging the show, and there will be cash prizes.  The Opening Reception is Saturday, June 18th from 3-5 p.m.  Registration forms are online now!

     Stock up for your summer painting and check out this week's sales flier!  
      Explorations, New Work by Randi Isaacson is still hanging in the gallery, you have until May 30th to check it out.  
        Be sure to scroll through the entire email to find the community news section below, where we post upcoming classes, community art shows and services. To list your event here, send me an email with "for the newsletter" in the subject line.   
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Explorations, New Work by

Randi Isaacson


 Explorations is now hanging in the gallery.     


      Still Afloat 

This piece is an 18x24 encaustic painting titled "Still Afloat", $1200.00 framed. 


Preview the show                                                                             


The Winner's Circle  


   This weeks Facebook Fan Page winner is Paula Frechette!  You have won a $10.00 gift certificate good until June 15th! 

Cool New Products!  

It is that time of year again where we struggle with ideas for Father's Day and the perfect graduation gifts.  Or maybe you need something fabulous for a wedding present.  Please think of us first!  A framed memory for Dad will last a lifetime and be a cherished gift.  

A photo of the happy couple with a giant mat for everyone to sign is a classic wedding gift!  And for the grad, of course a gift certificate to get that hard-earned diploma framed! Perfect!

     Framing aside, we also have all kinds of unique, awesome gifts for the important people in your life!

siganture mat 1New Bracletes




Young Fish with TeethBaseball Jewelry





New fun jewelry for spring!
Revy Earrings     Revy Necklace New Jewelry

Post Road Art Center Facebook Page- Become a fan!  
     As some of you know, I have set up a Fan Page for Post Road Art Center on Facebook.  I have used it to help promote the shows and events.  If you see an event and you "like" it, then that simple click can help us promote the show and create a bigger audience!  I have also started choosing one fan each week for a prize. Check the Winner's Circle to see if you've won!
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Community News  
We recommend "Pink Catahoula" for superior Giclee and Fine Art Printing.  If you need printing call Roberta at 978-549-5449.  
The Hudson Area Arts Alliance has a new show opportunity!
Signs of Summer Exhibit;
Register by June 2
Take-in June 4
Opening Reception June 9
Take-down September 24
Marlborough High School is having a Mandarin Class Fundraiser.
Cultural Arts Alliance of Hopkinton, another opportunity to show your work.
A show opportunity at the Amazing Things Arts Center in Framingham.


Art Therapy: Art Therapist, Elisa Sweig is offering individual and group art therapy sessions in her Marlborough studio.  Elisa is an experienced Art Therapist  with over 25 years of experience.  Art Therapy uses the process of making art to build self-esteem, identify and express emotions, and learn how to cope with the challenges of  everyday life. Art Therapy offers opportunities for people who prefer alternatives to traditional kinds of talk therapy, or can be used in combination with traditional counseling.  Contact her directly at 774-571-1897 or elisasweig@gmail.com.  
Beehive Art  has posted some new spring art classes for kids!

White Rabbit Studios, 406 Lincoln st:

 Contact Deborah 

if you are interested in studio space!


Jeanne Rosier Smith is offering monthly pastel classes at her Sudbury Pastel Studio for students of all levels.  For current class listings and a downloadable registration form, see her website.


BlueSkies Studios, 43 Broad Street, Hudson, an open art studio located in the Mill Building in Hudson, has room for an additional artist to rent space. Contact Doreen Howes  for more information. Website


Drawing and Painting classes with Kathy Hebert 

Gallery in the Pines:
Painting lesson opportunity, contact




Our artists are showing:


Randi Isaacson, Roberta Anslow and Many others are showing at White Rabbit Studios!


Janine Schmitt; "Portrait of the Mind" at the Round Gallery in the Danforth Museum of Art, 123 Union Ave 2nd floor through May 27th

Reception May 18th from 6-8 p.m.


Dave Kaphammer and Nancy E. von Hone have a collaborative exhibition at the Westboro Gallery. "Seasons of Light",  opening reception is Sunday, May 15th  from 2-5 p.m. at The Westboro Gallery and runs through August 1st.


If you have something you would like listed here please email me at Randi@postroadartcenter.com and put "for the newsletter" in the subject line. 


Thanks for being part of the Post Road Art Center community,

Randi, Liz, Ruth and John

Post Road Art Center

1 Boston Post Road East
Marlborough, Ma. 01752


Nest for Sale

May 14, 2011 - Local Christmas tree grower found one of his tags from last Christmas tree sales and the ribbon attached used for a different purpose.

May 14, 2011 - Sgt Amy Metcalf and State Representative Carolyn Dykema at the Troop Package drive.  Meanwhile the bagpipers played at the event.

Murtha Cullina LLP Celebrates

75th Anniversary

Hartford, CT (May 6, 2011) … On Wednesday evening, May 4, hundreds of invited guests gathered in the CityPlace Atrium to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Murtha Cullina LLP.  Among the dignitaries on hand to mark the occasion were Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra and Attorney General George Jepsen.

Elizabeth Stewart, managing partner, spoke to the group of more than 300 guests about the firm’s earliest clients, many that remained clients to this day and were present in the audience.  She reflected that while the firm has changed dramatically over the years, the firm’s strength continues to be its people. She said, “In a recent conversation with retired partner Donald Richter, he told me he had a great deal of respect for everyone in the firm, from the newest messenger in the mailroom to the most senior partner.  I think this speaks to the culture at Murtha that has allowed us to serve our clients for 75 years.”  In closing, Ms. Stewart thanked everyone as the firm looks forward to its next 25 years.

Joining in the festivities with clients were family members of the original partners, firm alumni, and current and past staff.

James McGovern 2011 Office Hours

During my time in Congress, I have held hundreds of office hours in every city and town in our district.  These one-on-one meetings give me a wonderful opportunity to listen to your concerns and to help you get the service you deserve from the federal government.

I'm pleased to be holding office hours again throughout the district.  I hope you'll join me to share your thoughts on issues that are important to you and your family.

Office Hours are listed below: 

Saturday, May 21:

Black Diamond Coffee
307 Grafton Street, Shrewsbury
8:00 - 9:00 am

Town Pizza
69 Auburn Street, Auburn

10:00 - 11:00 am

Davidian Farms
500 Church Street, Northborough
12:30 - 1:30 pm

Town House
599 Main Street, Boylston
2:30 - 3:30 pm

Mr. Z Pizza
267 High Street, Clinton
4:00 - 5:00 pm


Kate Kent Music Studio will be opening this summer in Southborough.  Mrs. Kate Kent teaches violin and piano lessons using the Suzuki method, a specialized way of learning an instrument, specifically targeting children between the ages of 3-9.  In Kate's upbeat and positive studio, emphasis is placed on building lifelong skills in confidence, fine tone, a love of music, memorization, and discipline.  The Suzuki method of study has three main elements that make it unique.  First, the Mother-tongue approach means that students learn the instrument in much the same way they learned to speak: by listening to and repeating music, thus developing superior musicianship and listening skills from the very start.  Second, emphasis is placed on listening to the CD, which accompanies the repertoire of pieces, so that the child is listening to excellent Classical music each and every day.  Lastly, the parent is a key element of the lessons.  The parent will learn along with the child because the parent is the important practice partner, reinforcing concepts throughout the week.  Don't worry parents, no experience necessary!  Children taking private lessons will also take part in a monthly group lesson, an important time for community building and fun!  Kate has a Master's degree in Music Education, many certifications in early childhood education, more than 25 years playing experience, and 10 years teaching experience.  Any families interested in connecting with Kate Kent should contact her directly at KateKentMusicStudio@gmail.com or by phone at (603) 303-6511.  You can also visit her website at www.KateKentMusicStudio.com


Kate Kent Music Studio

(603) 303-6511


State Animal Health Officials Caution Livestock Owners on West Nile and Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus Risk

BOSTON – May 11, 2011 – With warmer weather and mosquito season approaching, state officials are advising livestock owners to be on guard against mosquito-borne diseases like West Nile virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus (EEE). The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) recommends owners be aware of the risks linked to these diseases and advises protecting certain species of domestic animals by having them vaccinated.

In addition to horses, WNV and EEE pose serious risks to other species such as pheasants, llamas, and alpacas. Since 2000, 58 Massachusetts horses have been infected with WNV and 28 with EEE. In addition, two emus, two alpacas, one llama, and one cow have also tested positive for EEE in the state since 2001.

“By vaccinating the equine population early in the season, horse owners can avoid grief down the road,” said DAR Commissioner Scott J. Soares. “Fortunately, there are effective vaccines available for horses, which are particularly vulnerable to these viruses.”

In 2010, five horses were stricken by mosquito-borne diseases, with five confirmed cases reported from the towns of Hudson, Lancaster, Middleborough, Plympton, and Warren. Only one was confirmed for WNV, the others were all positive for EEE.

Animal owners should take preventive actions and consult their veterinarian prior to the height of the mosquito season – July and August. Owners are also urged not to wait until positive cases are reported in their area, since it can take several weeks for an animal to be fully protected by a vaccine. Cats and dog are not susceptible to WNV or EEE.

“Every year there is a potential for animals to get bitten by an infected mosquito and keeping current on vaccinations is one way to keep your animals healthy,” said DAR’s Director of Animal Health Michael Cahill.

According to DAR, horses cannot spread either WNV or EEE to other animals or humans. Animals such as emus, however, develop bleeding sores when infected and can spread the virus to humans and other susceptible animals that come into contact with the infected blood. Animals infected by EEE and WNV develop neurologic symptoms that can lead to death. There is no treatment for either infection, although supportive care can be provided.

In addition to vaccination, owners should reduce potential mosquito breeding sites on their property by eliminating standing water from containers such as buckets, tires, and wading pools – especially after heavy rains. Troughs provide excellent mosquito breeding habitat and should be flushed out at least once a week during the summer months to reduce mosquitoes near paddock areas. Horse owners should keep horses in indoor stalls at night to reduce their risk of exposure to mosquitoes.

If an animal is diagnosed with WNV or EEE, owners are required to report to DAR, Division of Animal Health by calling 617-626-1795 and to the Department of Public Health (DPH) by calling 617-983-6800.

The State Reclamation and Mosquito Control Board within the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources oversee mosquito control in Massachusetts. For more information call 617-626-1777 or visit, http://www.mass.gov/agr/mosquito/index.htm


WESTFIELD, MA. – The Massachusetts and Federal Emergency Management Agencies (MEMA and FEMA) announced today that FEMA has awarded $1,050,102 in Public Assistance funds to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

These funds reimburse state agencies, local governments and private nonprofit organizations for costs associated with the January 11-12 severe winter storm and snowstorm. Additional funds will be obligated as FEMA continues to process applications.

Reimbursement is available on a cost-sharing basis for debris removal and emergency protective measures including snow assistance. Under this assistance qualified applicants can apply for federal funds to pay 75 percent of approved costs associated with the storm.

A federal disaster declaration for Massachusetts was issued on March 7, 2011 for the record or near-record snowstorm that strained the snow removal budgets of agencies and municipalities in seven counties. The disaster declaration includes Berkshire, Essex, Hampshire, Middlesex, Norfolk and Suffolk Counties. Hampden was added to the declaration on May 3.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders and to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Sports and Recreation

ARHS Sports Photos by Chris Wraight www.thawkspix.com

ARHS JV Lacrosse

May 14, 2011 - Played Westford but unfortunately lost their first game of the season.

ARHS Varsity Lacrosse

May 14, 2011 - The team won against Westford 14 to 9.

ARHS Sports
Monday 5/16
Tuesday 5/17
Wednesday 5/18
Thursday 5/19

Sudbury Valley Trustees and Carlisle Conservation Foundation

Collaborate on Riverfront Preservation Project

Sudbury, MA - Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT) and the Carlisle Conservation Foundation (CCF) announce a joint conservation project at the River Road Farm in Carlisle.  The two organizations have partnered to acquire an option to purchase a portion of the farm, which overlooks the Concord River.

River Road Farm, a scenic 32 ½ acres property owned by the Elliott family, is the subject of a special permit from the Carlisle Planning Board for subdivision into six estate lots. SVT and CCF have secured the opportunity to purchase nine of the most critical acres on the property, which would protect nearly 1,000 feet of riverfront on the Concord River as well as critical habitat for a state-listed species of wildlife. Opportunities for protecting additional acreage will be explored.

“Conservation of these key acres is a top priority for SVT,” said Ron McAdow, the organization’s executive director.  “This land is high profile—literally! It’s one of the most visible points on the Concord River, and it’s what you see as you enter Carlisle from Bedford. This reservation will be a fitting memorial to the achievements of the late Pagey Elliott, who was a remarkable woman.”

The two conservation organizations will now launch a fundraising campaign for $728,000 to acquire the parcel and establish a permanent stewardship fund.  If the effort is successful, the property will be named the Mark and Rachel Page Elliott River Preserve. A small parking area and trails will be provided for public access to the conservation land.

“The Carlisle Conservation Foundation is very excited about the opportunity to preserve an important piece of this historic and unique riverfront farm,” said Sally Swift, CCF’s board president.  “And CCF is delighted to partner with SVT for the first time and bring the combined resources of our organizations to this valuable land protection effort.

SVT’s mission is to protect land and conserve wildlife habitat in the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord River basin for present and future generations. For more information, visit: www.svtweb.or

The Carlisle Conservation Foundation was founded in 1960 with the mission of maintaining the rural character of Carlisle and preserving its natural beauty and wildlife habitat.  Working with private landowners, public entities and other local and regional land conservation organizations, CCF serves as a resource and catalyst for land protection, responsible land use, and community education about conservation.   For more information visit www.carlisleconservationfoundation.org

For more information about this conservation project, please contact SVT’s Director of Land Protection, Christa Collins, at 978-443-5588 x115.

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Archery Mini-Camp                                          Cost:  $60

Ages:  Grades 6 - 8


Days: Tuesday to Thursday                     Time: 10am to 12pm


Session 1:  July 12 to July 14

Session 1:  August 9 to August 11


Instructor:Frank Nellenback:Woodward and Neary School PE teacher


Location: Neary Outfield by the Pavilion


Introduction to target archery; Learn and practice proper shooting technique and terminology (Stance, Nokking arrows, Aim, Anchor, and Release) Each day will involve safely practicing shooting with a bow at targets, and some fun individiual and team challenges and competitions involving scoring on the target.

Fundamental areas:

  • Archery range safety
  • basic shooting form
  • proper shot execution
  • practice and training
  • grouping arrows/ability to demonstrate technique

Mini tournaments will be held at the end of the clinic.


Register online (additional convenience fee will be charged)


or by mail/walk in