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December 23, 2007 to  December 29, 2007

X marks the spot

December 29, 2007 - Two jet trails meet over the Southborough Skies this afternoon.

The Steeple Coffeehouse is delighted to welcome Aztec Twostep and the Blackstone Valley Bluegrass Band on January 12, 2008.

Rex Fowler from Pittsfield, Maine and Neal Shulman of New York City met one "open mike" night at a Boston folk club in the spring of 1971. Each impressed by the other's talents, they joined forces and Aztec Two-Step (named for a line from "A Coney Island of the Mind" by Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti) was born.

Just one year later, signed by Elektra Records, Neal and Rex were in Los Angeles putting the final touches on their debut album, Aztec Two-Step. Quickly becoming a staple of FM and college radio the album remained in print for fifteen years and was the foundation for a performing and recording career that continues to the present day. In 1992, Aztec Two-Step was re-released by ERA Records.

In the intervening years, Aztec Two-Step recorded six more albums for
RCA, Waterhouse, Reflex and Flying Fish Records. The duo's 1986 release, Living in America, was sighted in Billboard Magazine's year end critics poll and received the 1987 Best Folk Album at the New York Music Awards.

 There is only 1 pre-requisite to play with BVBB – you have to live in the Blackstone Valley.  Located in the heart of central Ma, exposure to the heavy metal content of the Blackstone river has produced a copious amount of fine bluegrass pickers. Most notably are the Dick brothers from Sutton. Renowned musicians and celebrated recording artists, this brother combo will WOW you with their award winning picking. The Taylor-Nowlan bass/mandolin combo has been together in numerous bands for over 10 years. With their own distinctive style, these two crank out solid rhythm, and like to have a little fun too!  Put these four longtime friends together and you have a group that has excellent musicianship, fine harmonies, high energy and a true love of the music. Breakdowns and Gospel. Fiddle tunes and a Waltz. This is bluegrass! You will not be disappointed!! 

Water under the Bridge

December 29, 2007 - A good flow of water races under the keystone arched bridge at the Hopkinton/Southborough Town line.  Earlier this year there had been no water flowing under the bridge.

Got Hay?

December 29, 2007 - The Breakneck Hill Belted Galloways of Southborough eat some dinner of hay.  If you would love to contribute to the purchase of the hay during these winter months, click Southborobelties.

New Salt Shed

December 28, 2007 - If you've been to the transfer station lately, you must have seen the new salt shed rising behind the DPW.

Free Skate

December 27, 2007 - The Southborough Recreation Department in conjunction with St. Marks has free skate and stick time til the end of this week at St. Marks Rink on School Street.

Little Bruins and Canadians

December 27, 2007 - Plenty of room for skating today at St. Marks rink.

Even Dads got to Skate

A different type of Skate

December 27, 2007 - Southborough firefighters practice with the rescue sled to "rescue" one of their own on the Sudbury Reservoir earlier today.  Southborough has a large acreage of the Sudbury Reservoir system that runs through town. The Reservoir is definitely off limits for ice fishing, ice skating and trespass over the frozen surface.

Boy Scout Troop 1 Southborough will be offering Christmas Tree pickup in Southborough on January 5 and January 12, 2008 for $5.00 per tree. If you would like to schedule a pickup, please send an email to troop1trees@gmail.com or call 508-481-8844 and leave a message. Include name, phone number, address and date of pickup on either email or phone message. Requests for pickups will be taken until 8:00 PM the day before pickup. Trees must be placed at the end of the driveway by 9:00 am on the day of pickup. Please place $5.00 per tree in a plastic bag clipped to the top of the tree. Please do not place money in the mailbox.

The Southborough Veterans have been collecting cell phones to be recycled to buy calling cards for soldiers serving overseas through the Soldiers Angels program. Steve Whynot, VFW Commander, just sent out another box of 50 cell phones to be recycled. This brings the total to 273 phones since the collection boxes went out last February. Steve says, “The more I collect - the better.” So if you would like to donate an old cell phone hanging around your car or house there are collection boxes at the Southborough Police Station, Southborough Library and the Swap Shop at the Southborough Transfer Station.

Marion A. Dobson

FRAMINGHAM - Marion Alice (Gray) Dobson, 89, a resident of Framingham for more than 46 years, formerly of Southborough, died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2007, at the Oak Knoll Healthcare Center, Framingham.

She was the former wife of Austin M. Dobson.

Born in Worcester, she was the daughter of the late Harrison and Blanche (Wooster) MacAlman. She was a graduate of South High School, and the Fair Child Office School, both in Worcester.

Mrs. Dobson served in the Cryptology Division of the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II as a Staff Sergeant.

Prior to her retirement, she worked at Copyfast Printing Center in Framingham for more than 20 years.

She leaves her children, Brian Dobson and his wife, Karen, and Richard Dobson, all of Framingham; three grandchildren, Kevin M. Dobson and his wife, Amanda, Brendan J. Dobson and his wife, Kiley, and Kristin E. Dobson, all of Framingham; two great-granddaughters, Lily and Nora Dobson, both of Framingham.

A time of visitation will take place Saturday, Dec. 29, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., followed by her funeral service at 10:30 a.m., at the Norton Funeral Home, 53 Beech St. (Corner of Union Ave.), Framingham.

Burial will follow in Edgell Grove Cemetery, Framingham.

Instead of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the Macular Degeneration Foundation, P.O. Box 531313, Henderson, NV 89053.


December 26, 2007 - While the recreation fields like this 911 field are covered in snow, you can still use the resources of the Southborough Recreation Department in a variety of activities.  Check the Southborough Recreation website for more information on available or upcoming programs.  In the meantime, during the school vacation week there is ice skating at St. Mark's Rink available.

Free Skate for Southborough Residents

The activity that is scheduled takes precedence however, if no one is on the ice during stick time you are welcome to use it for free skate in the event no one else shows up for the designated purpose.

Thursday December 27, 11 - 4:00 PM

Free skate 11 - 1:30PM

Youth Stick Time 1:30 - 2:30 PM

Adult Stick Time 2:30 - 4:00 PM

Friday December 28, 11 - 4:00 PM

Free skate 11 - 1:30PM

Youth Stick Time 1:30 - 2:30 PM

Adult Stick Time 2:30 - 4:00 PM

Saturday December 29, 11:30 - 3:00 PM

Free Skate 11:30 - 1:00 PM

Youth Stick Time 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Adult Stick Time 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

Blast from the Past

December 26, 2007 - Robert W. Sealey and his team of mules pulls the hand tub Falcon through Hudson Center in 1963. Mr. Sealey was seen around Southborough often doing hayrides for children and driving his teams of mules and horses. The Falcon was made by the Hunneman  Co in 1868  and is  #700 made by that company and was delivered to Franklin, Ma. named "FRANKLIN #1", it was acquired by Southborough, MA. in 1896, in service till 1920. The Southborough Handtub Association competed in the Class C Division with the Falcon over the years taking 37 first places out of 44 events. The Falcon was sold a few years ago and the Handtub association now competes with the Union #1. For more information check Handtub Junction, USA

Northborough/Southborough Integrated Pre-school Program

Northborough/Southborough Public School's Integrated Pre-school Program is inviting neighborhood children who will be three years old by June 15, 2008 for a screening for possible enrollment for the 2008/2009 school year. The screenings will take place Jan. 30 at both the Zeh and Finn schools. To schedule a screening, contact Mary Anne Bryant at (508) 351-7048 ext. 127 before Jan. 4. To receive a program brochure, call (508) 393-4378 and leave your name and address.


Hungry bird

December 26, 2007 - This Wren is a bit careful who is watching it eat today.

Letter to the Editor

Please allow me to clear up a little confusion regarding the Blue Star Flag that is currently flying at the All Wars.
Peter Phaneuf who has been the force behind the renovations of the All Wars Memorial - acquired this flag and has placed it - Rightfully so - to fly proudly at the Memorial - replacing my initial Blue Star Placard I had made.
When Russ Gregory deployed to Iraq back in 2002 - I made up the Blue Star Placard which has been at the Memorial - until Peter acquired the Flag itself. He asked several weeks ago - where the other one ( the one I made) came from. It was my attempt to honor Russ and all those who have served our nation from Southborough. It's visible in many of your pictures.
But the Flag that is currently flying - was Peters idea. As I began pricing up a flag - Peter found one.
Peter has always come up with great ideas and projects... and this was just another example of how dedicated he is to this Town and to it's Veterans.
So - Yes... I had the initial idea.... Peter just made it better......
Just wanted to clarify this..
and again .... THANKS PETER for all you do for this community..
Steve Whynot
SK1 - USNR-Ret
Commander - VFW 3276

From the Town Clerk's office

Very Important Notice

Office Hours
Open to the public Monday-Friday from 9-5 pm.

Voter Registration

Governor Patrick signed legislation on Nov 21, 2007 to move the date of the Presidential Primary from March to February. Details below:

Tuesday FEBRUARY 5th, 2008 POLLS open 7am – 8pm

Wednesday January 16, 2008 is the last day to register to vote or to change your political party for the Primary. Clerk’s Office open until 8pm.

DEADLINE to request Absentee BALLOT application is
12:00 noon Monday February 4th , 2008.

Tuesday March 25th, 2008 is the last day to register to vote for the Annual Town Meeting & Annual Town Election. Clerk’s Office open until 8pm.

ANNUAL TOWN MEETING - Monday April 14th 7pm
Trottier Middle School, 49 Parkerville Road.

POLLS OPEN 8am – 8pm.

All Southborough residents are eligible to vote if they will be at least eighteen years of age as of the Town Meeting Date or Town Election. You must show a form of ID with proof of residency in Southborough. You may mail in a Voter Registration card (available through our office) or come in person. The registration deadline is 20 days prior to an election for Town Elections and 20 days prior to a State Election.

NOTE: the annual Census is NOT a voter registration form.

Voting Locations: PRECINCT 1 is now at WOODWARD SCHOOL, 28 Cordaville Road.

Go to www.wheredoivotema.com to check your voting location.

There are (3) three polling locations in Southborough

Precinct 1 A.S. Woodward Memorial School, 28 Cordaville Rd

Precinct 2 P. Brent Trottier Middle School, 49 Parkerville Rd                                                                 

Precinct 3 Mary E. Finn School, 60 Richards Rd

Merry Christmas to all the Southborough News Readers and Advertisers

Merry Christmas Eve to all of the Southborough News Readers

Blue Star Flag / The Service Flag

December 24, 2007 -  With the holidays upon us, it is time to reflect on those that cannot be with their families and loved ones.  The Southborough News has received numerous emails relative to military personnel serving overseas.  This particular photo has the blue flag was created by Army Captain Robert L. Queissner during the First World War for his two sons that were on the front lines.  Over the years the flag has made a statement to those that passed by people's home that they had a family member serving.  World War II saw a dramatic increase in the number of service flags that flew at homes from windows and porches across America.  The flag is now the official Department of Defense flag for family members that have a loved one serving during a time of war or hostilities. Should a member of the armed forces die while in service a gold star is placed over the blue star. 

The Blue Star flag that flies at the All Wars memorial at the Town Common, came from Steve Whynot, Commander of the Southborough VFW Post 3276 who had it made and  put up at the All Wars monument when Russ Gregory was in Iraq. For more information on the Blue Star Flag check http://www.usflag.org/history/serviceflag.html or http://www.bluestarmothers.org/flags.php  

As  I said, many people have emailed me about thanking our servicemen.  In response to that, I've put several of the sites up that were sent to me on the Veteran's page.  Also there are photos of the transformation of the All Wars Memorial there.


TODAY'S EVENTS - Monday Dec. 24
no events scheduled
  Wednesday Dec. 26
 Boys JV Ice Hockey VS Marlborough High School   1:40pm
 Girls Varsity Ice Hockey @ St. Bernards Cchs WCC 5:20pm
  Thursday Dec. 27
 Boys Varsity Basketball @ Wachusett Regional H.S. Assumption tba
 Boys Varsity Indoor Track @ FRESH/SOPH MEET @ MARLBOROUGH Marlborough 9:00am
 Boys Freshman Basketball VS Wachusett Regional H.S.   10:00am
 Boys JV Basketball VS Wachusett Regional H.S.   11:30am
 Girls Freshman Basketball VS Nashoba Regional H.S.   1:00pm
 Boys JV Ice Hockey VS St. Peter-Marian High School Northstar 1:20pm
 Girls JV Basketball VS Nashoba Regional H.S.   2:30pm
 Girls Varsity Basketball @ NASHOBA TOURNAMENT VS ST. BERNARD`S Nashoba 5:00pm
December 2007 Assabet Valley Regional High School Sports
  TODAY'S EVENTS - Monday Dec. 24
no events scheduled
  Wednesday Dec. 26
 Boys JV Ice Hockey VS Hopkinton High School North Star 11:00am
  Thursday Dec. 27
 Girls Varsity Basketball @ Southeastern Reg Tech HS    6:00pm

Southborough meetings

December 24, 2007 - December 29, 2007





No Meetings this week


Senior Center Weekly Schedule

Monday 24

Tuesday 25

Wednesday  26

Thursday 27

Friday 28

Christmas Eve Merry Christmas   8:30 Health Clinic

9:30 Mah Jongg independent


10:00 AM Pool

9:30 Mah Jongg



11:00 AM chair exercise

    12:00 PM Lunch 11:30 AM Lunch




12:15 PM Pitch

12:00 PM Lunch

1:00 PM bridge


Northborough Road Fire

Southborough Firefighters responded to a fire alarm sounding at 155 Northborough Road at 12:20 PM in Engines 21 and 23. Upon arrival, the four on-duty members received a report from a tenant in the large multi-occupancy commercial warehouse that smoke was entering his tenant space. Further investigation revealed heavy smoke showing from the ventilation system in one portion of the building. A full first alarm was requested. Due to limited manpower, and Southborough’s aerial ladder being out of service, a ladder truck was requested from the Marlborough Fire Department, and an engine was requested from the Northborough Fire Department to assist Southborough Firefighters.

Firefighters entered a portion of the building occupied by Scotts Lawn Service to find heavy black smoke resulting in zero visibility, and the building’s fire sprinkler system operating. Using thermal imaging equipment, firefighters located the fire in a van, one of 12 vehicles parked in the building, fully involved in fire.

A second alarm was requested at 12:39 PM which brought in an engine from the Marlborough Fire Department and an engine from the Westborough Fire Department to the fire. Hopkinton Fire provided an engine, and Framingham an ambulance to cover the Southborough Fire Station (during the initial stages of the fire, an ambulance was requested on Route 9 for a patient involved in an earlier accident. The Westborough Fire Department provided an ambulance for this incident).

The fire in the vehicle within the building was brought under control by 12:53 PM, however firefighters had two concerns: water from the fire sprinkler system allowed several types of lawn chemicals and pesticides to mix and were also combined with oil and hydraulic fluid which was released from the burned van creating a hazardous materials incident. Also, smoke had entered several different tenant spaces and had to be removed from the building.

Firefighters used hazardous materials absorbent booms and pads to contain the water, chemical and petroleum product run-off. Additional equipment and supplies were requested from the Northborough and Berlin Fire Departments for this task.

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management responded and took samples in the water run-off, as well as air samples within the building.

A hazardous materials clean-up company responded to handle the contamination.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by troopers assigned to the Massachusetts State Fire Marshal’s Office, and members of the Southborough Fire Department Fire Investigation Unit.

The last fire apparatus left the scene at 7:28 PM.

No injuries were reported.

Damage estimates are unavailable at this time. One van was destroyed, the 11 other vehicles received smoke damage. Water damage was contained to the Scotts warehouse, and smoke damage affected at total of four separate tenant spaces. Information and photos supplied by Southborough Fire Department.


On Saturday December 22, 2007 the Southborough Republican Town
Committee met with Steve Levy, candidate for State Senate, and with Brian
Burke and Paul Ferro, candidates for Republican State Committee. 

Steve Levy is currently an At-Large Marlborough City Councilor, and is
running for the Massachusetts State Senate, Middlesex and Worcester
district.  Brian Burke is Vice-Chair of the Nashoba Regional School
Committee, and is running for the Republican State Committee, Middlesex
Worcester Senate District.  Paul Ferro is running for the same seat on the
Republican State Committee, and currently represents Ward 2 on the
Marlborough City Council.

The candidates discussed their positions on various national, state, and
local issues, and the committee discussed their communication plan for the
coming year.

Still need that extra gift and don't want to fight the mall traffic and crowds? Try the Southborough News advertisers. They may have just the answer for you. Gulbankian Farm Garden and Florist Shop has very unique gifts, jams & gourmet food along with a wonderful selection of plants and floral arrangements.  Click on the photo for their website.

Image of calligraphy P8-151 Hold My Hand, Mommy


Another advertiser on Southborough News is Sandy Keiss and her Classic Calligraphy.  Special sayings for special occasions, inspirational, humourous,  children, pets, families, friends, love, marriage, places, things, teachers, home, songs, sports and activities.  Wonderful sayings that can be purchased matted or framed in a variety of sizes.  Click the photo to the right for the Classic Calligraphy website.

Sudbury Valley Trustees Lecture Series

“In a Wild Garden”

Tuesday, January 8, 2008 7:30PM

Wolbach Farms, Sudbury

The garden is a unique expression of the imagination which uses living natural material as a medium. Please join Sudbury Valley Trustees and guest speaker John Hanson Mitchell for a discussion of the garden and its relationship to wild nature: from the Italian Renaissance gardens to his own wild garden in Littleton. John is author of The Wildest Place on Earth: Italian gardens and the Invention of Wilderness and editor of Sanctuary for Massachusetts Audubon Society. $5-members; $10-nonmembers. Space is limited and registration required. 978-443-5588.

Further information on other outings and SVT properties are available on SVT’s website at www.sudburyvalleytrustees.org.

December 23, 2007 - Boy Scout Troop 1 Southborough will be offering Christmas Tree pickup in Southborough on January 5 and January 12, 2008 for $5.00 per tree. If you would like to schedule a pickup, please send an email to troop1trees@gmail.com or call 508-481-8844 and leave a message. Include name, phone number, address and date of pickup on either email or phone message. Requests for pickups will be taken until 8:00 PM the day before pickup. Trees must be placed at the end of the driveway by 9:00 am on the day of pickup. Please place $5.00 per tree in a plastic bag clipped to the top of the tree. Please do not place money in the mailbox.