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December 30, 2007 to  January 5, 2008

Dusk on the Sudbury River

January 5, 2008 - Dusk descends on the Sudbury River off of Southville Road.

Taxes 2007


January 5, 2008 - Tax forms for 2007 and are now available at the Southborough Library.


Southborough Seniors


A target date of January 11 will be used for a concentrated survey of major rivers, lakes, reservoirs and the coast by MassWildlife personnel and volunteers across the state. This event is part of a nationwide Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey that is held every year in early January. “As usual our long time partner, National Grid, will be assisting in the survey by providing a helicopter for surveying the Quabbin Reservoir area and the Connecticut River,” said Dr. Tom French. Ground teams will also be covering known eagle territories statewide during the day. In 2007, 48 bald eagles were documented in Massachusetts during the one day event. Anyone spotting an eagle from January 1 through 15 is encouraged to report the sighting by email at Mass.wildlife@state.ma.us  or by postal service to "Eagle Survey", MassWildlife, Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, MA 01581. Please provide date, time, location and town of eagle sightings, number of birds, juvenile or adult, and observer contact information.

The restoration of bald eagles to Massachusetts is a great success story. Eagles had not nested in the state since 1905 in Sandwich and later vanished from much of the country due to loss of habitat and DDT pesticides.  MassWildlife along with many other conservation minded partners began the restoration effort in 1982 after eagles were discovered wintering in the Quabbin Reservoir area.  From 1982 -1988, young eagle chicks were transported from wild nests, primarily from Canada to be raised in cages overlooking the reservoir. When the birds were old enough to fly, the cage doors were opened and the birds were free to fly.  This method, called hacking, assures that the young birds would view the area as their home base. The hope was that when grown, the eagles would choose the Quabbin area to nest.  This occurred, with the first successful fledging of 3 eaglets at Quabbin in 1989.  Since that time, eagle nesting activity has spread to at least 25 known nesting territories in the state. The nesting birds are descended from the original hacked eaglets as well as descendants of hacked birds from neighboring states.   Eagle restoration efforts were funded through several sources; major funding came from the former Bank of Boston and hunting and fishing license fees (Inland Fish & Game Fund), the Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Fund, as well as support from National Grid, federal aid from the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Massachusetts Audubon Society.


January 5, 2008  - A New Website and New Programs.  Click here for workshops, classes, registration, February School vacation week camp and more information about the Arts Center of Southborough.

It's Cold Outside

January 4, 2008 - An employee at Falconi's Service Station shows off the dress of the day for this cold winter weather we are in. This weather hasn't been fun if you have to work out of doors. If you can believe the weather forecasters we are supposed to be in a run of temperatures flirting with the 50's later this week and into next week.

The Senior Center Presents:

Upcoming Library Events

Join Local Quilters for storytime and craft program Saturday January 12, 2008 1 -2:00 PM

No pre-registration

Crafts will be provided for children of all ages


Artful Adventures @ the Southborough Library

January 22, 2008 @ 2:30 PM

Grades 1 through 5

Please Register Call: 508-485-5031


The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 2)Book Nook

January 22, 2008 @ 6:30

Grades 4 - 6 welcome

We will compare the books the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan and Guardian of Ga'Hoole Book 2 by Kathryn Lasky; Pizza and soda courtesy of Dominos Pizza will be served.


Knitting Classes for grades three and up starting this January, inquire at Library


Advertise on Southborough News

Businesses, services, snowplowing, landscaping, electrical, plumbing, auto sales, home sales etc. welcome.

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Premium ads on all pages with links back to your website

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1 month $95.00 per month

Just want to do a business card. It will appear on the Southborough News Business Card page and will be highlighted at least once per month on the front page. No links back to a website.

$25.00 per month, One year $300.00 paid in advance discounted price $270.00

Use our free classifieds to sell your household items, advertise a yard sale or rent your ski or summer home. Sorry no business ads may be placed in the free classifieds. Would you like to highlight an ad for the item you are wishing to sell? Fifteen dollars per ad will get you on our front two pages for two weeks with a photo and description of the item for sale.

Non-profits, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, school & church groups, sports groups and organizations are you having a fundraiser, rummage sale, car wash, running event, activity you would like placed on Southborough News? Have photos or information you would like to share from an event or an activity? Send it in for free placement on the Southborough News.

Thanking the Southborough News readers and our advertisers for their support.

Contact Linda editor@southboroughnews.com or call 508-328-3966

Fueling up for a Cold Day

January 3, 2008 - Fuel trucks line up at Falconi's to fill up and head out again to refuel home heating tanks around town.

The Pitch Players

January 3, 2007 - Several residents meet weekly to play pitch at the Southborough Senior Center as they did today and kept warm.


The  Board  of  Selectmen  will  be  meeting  jointly  with  the  Library  Board  of  Trustees  to  fill  two  vacancies  which  are  available  on  he  Board  of  Trustees.    The  meeting  will  occur  on  Tuesday  January  8,  2008  at  7  p.m.  in  the  McAuliffe  Hearing  Room  at  the  Southborough  Town  House.    

 Both  persons  appointed  to  fill  these  seats  will  need  to  run  for  election  in  the  near  future  to  maintain  their  seat.  

 If  you  are  interested,  please  submit  a  cover  letter  and  resume  to  the  Selectmen’s  Office,  Southborough  Town  House,  17  Common  Street,  Southborough,  MA   01772  by  Friday,  January  4,  2008.   You  may  also  e‐mail  this  information  to  selectmen@southboroughma.com.

Treasure Cans

January 2, 2008 - Three Girl Scout troops, all sixth graders, bag the redeemable cans at the Southborough Transfer Station.  The cans will be turned in and the troops will make money for their efforts.

Aztec Two-Step

will perform at

the Steeple Coffeehouse

at Pilgrim Church, 15 Common Street, Southborough, MA

 January 12, 2008 7:30pm

 Tickets: $15/$12 advance/$10 seniors & students.

Reservation voicemail: 508-485-4847 www.steeplecoffeehouse.org

For more Aztec Two-Step information visit www.aztectwostep.com.


50th Anniversary of Kerouac Novel

Meets 35th Anniversary of Aztec Two-Step’s Kerouac Song

New York, NY, January 2, 2008 - Jack Kerouac's iconic novel, “On the Road” and Aztec Two-Step’s signature song, "The Persecution and Restoration of Dean Moriarty (On The Road)” both celebrated major birthdays in 2007, 50 and 35 respectively.

 In 1972, Aztec Two-Step, whose name comes from a poem by beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, burst upon the scene with their self-titled debut album on Elektra Records. Dennis McNally's definitive Kerouac biography, Desolate Angel, cites Aztec Two-Step’s On the Road as the first of two superb songs relating to Kerouac's novel; The Grateful Dead's "Cassidy" was the second.

 Several hallmark events in 2007 marked this anniversary: 

 In June, Aztec Two-Step performed “The Persecution and Restoration of Dean Moriarty (On The Road)”at a very special Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Festival as the author¹s hometown marked the 50th anniversary of the publication of On The Road. Aztec Two-Step performed their song as the original manuscript of this seminal book, (which was typed then taped into a continuous scroll of paper over three weeks time), was unveiled for public display.       

 In June 2007, Real Simple, a popular national lifestyle magazine, named Aztec Two-Step one of the top five classic folk albums joining work by Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Tom Rush and Phil Ochs. The article cites the duo as surpass[ing] Simon and Garfunkel for exquisite harmonies, musicianship and emotion.     

 Rhino Records released Forever Changing-The Golden Age of Elektra Records 1963-1973, a five-CD box set that tells the story of this landmark record label and the music that defined an era. The collection includes Aztec Two-Step’s  “The Persecution and Restoration of Dean Moriarty” (On The Road).     

 Live at TCAN, a new DVD release, features a 35th anniversary concert at The Center for Arts in Natick, Massachusetts, a performance of the self-titled debut album in its entirety, plus other fan-favorites from AztecTwo-Step¹s long and distinguished career. The DVD also includes interviews with Rex Fowler, Neal Shulman and longtime Aztec Two-Step bassist Fred Holman, as well as comments recorded on the Aztec Two-Step fan-cam.

About Aztec Two-Step

 Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman have spent a lifetime making music together as the folk/rock duo Aztec Two-Step. Their first album on Elektra Records, and their subsequent albums for RCA Records were staples of progressive FM and college radio and helped to bring the music of the 1960s into the 70s. As their recording career continued, so did the critical acclaim.

 In 1987 Living in America, received the New York Music Award for Best Folk Album and was named in Billboard’s year-end critic’s poll. They have been praised in countless major US newspapers and magazines, including Rolling Stone, and have appeared on numerous TV and radio shows, such as the David Letterman Show, the King Biscuit Flour Hour, and World Café Live. In 1999 they were the subjects of the documentary, No Hit Wonder, which aired on PBS.

 Of their 2005 release, Days of Horses, the Boston Globe said fans of the duo’s harmony-driven tunes and easygoing acoustic guitar riffs will recognize their James Taylor-meets-Simon & Garfunkel sound. What’s new is the mood. This album sits back on its haunches as Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman look back wistfully at American pop culture and their own ride through it.

 Aztec Two-Step has also appeared in concert with such notable artists as Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, Talking Heads, Bill Cosby, The Beach Boys, Jackson Browne, The Band, Heart and many more.  Aztec Two-Step continues to impress audiences with intelligent songwriting, dazzling acoustic lead guitar, and inspiring harmonies. They are one of acoustic music’s most popular and enduring acts.

Snow filled wetland

January 2, 2008 - Snow covers this  frozen wetland filled with  grass and cat n nine tails in what usually is full of birds, insects and wildlife now hidden deep under the ground, under leaves or have flown south.

Snow brought on a flurry of minor accidents

January 2, 2008 - Yesterdays snow brought on a flurry of minor accidents and cars off the road around town.  The most serious was a car into a pole on Woodland Road.  Verizon and National Grid worked through the night to replace the pole and restring the wires.  Traffic was re-routed through Carolyn Terrace and the Ted Lane neighborhood until early this morning.  Today cars still managed to slide off several roads around town including a school bus versus car on Mt. Vickery Road.  No injuries were reported in that incident.

Southborough Softball and Baseball spring Registration, click here.

Sudbury Valley Trustees

Tracking Your Neighbor’s Footsteps

Memorial Forest- Sudbury

January 19 – 9:30AM – 12:00 Noon

Winter is the perfect time to learn what types of animals are roaming our reservations. Join SVT board member and tracking expert Lydia Rogers in learning about wildlife signs, behavior and habitat. There is an abundance of wildlife activity to observe in winter. Please wear extra warm clothing, as tracking requires more standing still and observing than walking. Members-Free. Non-Members-$5.00. Reservations Required. For reservations and information call 978-443-5588.

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

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Sudbury Valley Trustees is a non-profit association of individuals, families, and businesses committed to protecting wildlife habitat and the ecological integrity of the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord River valleys. SVT currently owns, through gifts and purchase, more than eighty properties in fifteen towns, totaling over 2,100 acres. In addition, SVT holds conservation restrictions on nearly 900 acres, and has been instrumental in preserving more than 6,000 acres now protected by public agencies.


ST. ANNE & ST. MATTHEW YOUTH MINISTRY RAFFLE/AUCTION ITEMS NEEDED – Do you or your business have an item or service that could be raffled?  St. Anne and St. Matthew Youth Ministry will be hosting a dinner and raffle this spring and we are looking for items or services to be raffled or auctioned.  Proceeds will benefit St. Anne and St. Matthew Youth Ministry mission trips, including our trips to Mississippi.  For more information contact Mark Polny at 508-481-4923 or stmattanneym@stmatthewsb.org

Happy New Year

from the

Southborough News  2008

Here we go again

January 1, 2008 - Another snow storm, another snowy drive.

Old Cordaville Mill Wall

January 1, 2008 - A wall from one of the storehouses for the Cordaville Woolen Mill rises from the snow near the MBTA lot.



Welcome to New Year's Eve

Celebrate Boston First Night for info click here

Celebrate Worcester First Night for info click here

State Police Offer New Year’s Holiday Travel Tips
In an effort to keep Massachusetts roadways safer during this upcoming holiday period, the Massachusetts State Police offers these six travel tips:

  • Drive sober and well-rested;
  • Obey speed limits and allow extra time for unexpected traffic and weather conditions;
  • If celebration plans involve alcoholic beverages, designate a sober driver before heading out or plan to use mass transit, take a taxi, or sleep over at the event location;
  • Never accept a ride with an impaired driver;
  • Report impaired drivers by dialing 911;
  • Make sure everyone is properly buckled up – it’s the best defense against a drunk, speeding or aggressive driver.

If you are holding a New Year’s celebration, consider serving festive, non-alcoholic “mocktails” based on recipes at www.mass.gov/highwaysafety. As during all holiday periods, hosts need to be extra vigilant to prevent guests from leaving their events impaired or those under 21 years of age from accessing alcoholic beverages.

With funding from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, the State Police and hundreds of local police are conducting extra traffic enforcement focused on arresting impaired drivers as part of a national Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest. Mobilization through January 2nd.  State Police will conduct up to three sobriety checkpoints this weekend.

On average each week 300 people are arrested for impaired driving in Massachusetts.  A first-time conviction for drunk driving in Massachusetts can cost more than $7,800, plus the significant expense

Not much of a storm this time around

December 31, 2007 - Last nights storm did not live up to the expectations of weather forecasters.


Senior Center Weekly Schedule

Monday 31

Tuesday 1

Wednesday  2

Thursday 3

Friday 4

New Years Eve New Years Day    

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


Southborough meetings

December 31, 2007 - January 4, 2008





Conservation Commission agenda


7:30 PM

Town House Hearing room

Recreation Commission


7:30 PM

Recreation office arts center

Recycling Committee



conference room DPW Building

  December 31, 2007 - January 4, 2008 Algonquin Sports

TODAY'S EVENTS - Monday Dec. 31
no events scheduled
  Wednesday Jan. 2
 Boys Freshman Basketball VS Nipmuc Regional HS   3:00pm    
 Girls Freshman Basketball VS Nipmuc Regional HS   3:00pm    
 Girls Varsity Ice Hockey VS Peabody Vet. Memorial HS Northstar 4:00pm    
 Boys Varsity Indoor Track @ Fitchburg H.S. Fitchburg High 5:00pm    
 Girls Varsity Indoor Track @ Fitchburg H.S. Fitchburg High 5:00pm    
 Boys JV Basketball VS Quabbin Regional H.S.   5:30pm    
 Boys Varsity Ice Hockey @ Ashland High School Lorio Arena 6:50pm    
 Boys Varsity Basketball VS Quabbin Regional H.S.   7:00pm    
 Girls Varsity Gymnastics @ Wachusett Regional H.S. Over the Top 7:30pm    
  Thursday Jan. 3
 Boys Varsity Wrestling @ Hudson High School High School 7:00pm
December 31, 2007 - January 4, 2008 Assabet Valley Regional High School Sports
TODAY'S EVENTS - Monday Dec. 31
no events scheduled
  Wednesday Jan. 2
 Girls JV Basketball @ Whittier Reg Tech HS    3:30pm    
 Boys JV Basketball VS Whittier Reg Tech HS Gym 3:45pm    
 Girls Varsity Basketball @ Whittier Reg Tech HS    5:15pm    
 Boys Varsity Basketball VS Whittier Reg Tech HS Gym 5:15pm    
 Boys Varsity Ice Hockey @ Nashoba Regional HS  North Star 8:00pm    
  Friday Jan. 4
 Girls JV Basketball VS Bay Path Regtechhs   5:00pm    
 Boys JV Basketball @ Bay Path Regtechhs    5:30pm    
 Girls Varsity Basketball VS Bay Path Regtechhs   6:30pm    
 Boys Varsity Basketball @ Bay Path Regtechhs    7:00pm  

Police Log

12/28/07 Friday

Traffic Enforcement: Marlboro Road, St. Marks speeding, Crystal Pond, Route 9

Building and patrol checks

22:17 Marlboro Road vehicle with broken tie rod

18:32 Fire Alarm Parkerville Road

16:39 MV trouble Route 9

13:41 Medical Cordaville Road

12:36 ACO routes 9 and 495 for loose small gray shepard

11:34 medical Sears Road

10:49 medical Boston Road

10:47 Funeral Escort

10:22 two subjects arguing Cordaville Road

08:10 community policing

05:56 DPW sand roadways

05:52 ACO Framingham Road and East Main Street Dead Deer

12/26/07 Wednesday

Building and Patrol Checks

Traffic enforcement: Woodbury Road, Johnson and Main Street

20:04 Fire Alarm Southwood Road

18:56 Southville Road fire contained to oven

15:20 fire alarm route 9

11:30 suspicious activity route 9, person walking fits BOLO WPD

09:24 lost ladder and bucket in road, White Bagley

08:10 DPW sand roads

06:18 Christmas tree in middle of Route 9

05:27 medical Southville Road

02:01 noise complaint Arts center, persons sledding  More Police Log

Beaver log

December 31, 2007 - A maple tree sits in the snow chewed down by beavers.

Joseph R. Rich



Age 49, beloved son, husband, father, uncle, nephew, and friend, died unexpectedly on Friday, December 28, 2007 at the Marlborough Hospital after being stricken ill earlier at his home. He was the husband for 11 years of Beth C. Florin. Born in Hamilton, Ohio, he was the son of Jerome F. and Elizabeth A. (Foreman) Rich of Big Flats, N.Y. He lived in Marlborough for several years before moving to Southborough in 2000. He earned an M.S. in Human Resources and Statistics (1986) and a B.S. in Economics (1980) from Cornell University, where he also served as a lecturer in economics and statistics. He was a member of the Board of the Cornell ILR School Alumni Association and a member of the Cornell ILR Dean's Advisory Council. He was a national authority on executive compensation programs, serving most recently as Chairman of Pearl Meyer & Partners, one of the country's leading compensation consulting firms. He was previously President of Pearl Meyer, and, prior to that, co-founder, with his wife, and managing partner of Executive Alliance, a boutique compensation consulting firm. Prior to forming Executive Alliance, he held positions at William M. Mercer, Inc. and KPMG/Peat Marwick. He began his illustrious career and made many life-long friends at Data General Corporation. In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by his five-year-old children a son, Alexander J.F. Rich, and a daughter, Zoe I.F. Rich, both of Southborough. He also leaves two brothers, Mark J. Rich and his wife DeeDee of Framingham, and David T. Rich and his wife Judith of Big Flats N.Y., one sister, Amy E. Anthes and her husband Glenn of Richmond, VA, and several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. All are welcome to pay their respects to the family on Wednesday, January 2 from 4-7 p.m. at the William R. Short and Son Funeral Home, 95 West Main St., Marlborough. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 3 at 10:00 a.m. at the Martha-Mary Chapel, Longfellow's Wayside Inn, 72 Wayside Inn Rd., Sudbury. In lieu of flowers, a scholarship fund will be established in his memory at the Cornell ILR School. Contributions may be made payable to The Boston Foundation, and sent to: 75 Arlington St., 10th Floor, Boston, MA 02116, attention: Joseph R. Rich Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Fire Log


Tuesday 12/18/07













More Fire Log


December 31, 2007 - Southborough Firefighters drill on ice safety earlier this week.

Winter has made its appearance in Massachusetts, but variable temperatures that have prevailed in the state so far this season mean the condition of ice on the Bay State's waterbodies is unpredictable at best and could be treacherous. MassWildlife urges outdoor enthusiasts to play it safe and check ice carefully before venturing onto ice-covered waters.  An ice strength table is posted on the agency website at www.mass.gov/masswildlife.

How can you tell if ice is safe? There are no guarantees -- always consider ice potentially dangerous. Assess ice safety by using an ice chisel to chop a hole in the ice to determine its thickness and condition. Make sure you continue to do this as you go further out on to the ice, because the thickness of the ice will not be uniform all over the pond or lake. Be aware that ice tends to be thinner on lakes and ponds where there are spring holes, inlets or outlets. Don't venture on to ice bound rivers or streams as the currents make ice thickness unpredictable.

What if you fall through the ice? As with any emergency, don't panic! Briefly call for help. It doesn't take long for the cold water to start slowing your physical and mental functions, so you must act quickly. Air will remain trapped in your clothes for a short time aiding your buoyancy. Kick your legs while grasping for firm ice. Try to pull your body up using “ice pins” that should be hanging around your neck. Once your torso is on firm ice, roll towards thicker ice. This will better distribute your weight. Remember that ice you have previously walked on should be the safest. After you reach safe ice, don't waste precious time because you need to warm up quickly to prevent hypothermia. Go to the nearest fishing shanty, warm car, or home.

If a companion falls through the ice remember the phrase “Reach-Throw-Go” If you are unable to reach your friend from shore, throw him or her a rope, jumper cables, tree branch, or other object. If this does not work, go for help before you also become a victim.

Always keep your pets on a leash.  If a pet falls through the ice do not attempt to rescue the pet, go for help.  Well meaning pet owners can too easily become rescue victims when trying to rescue their pets. For other ice safety tips and winter weather preparedness, check the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency website at www.mass.gov/mema.

Fog of Yesterday

December 30, 2007 - While most of the roads around town yesterday were clear as the clouds lifted those traveling over the various causeways of Southborough were caught by thick fog clouds lifting from the ice of the reservoirs.

**Winter Storm Warning**

NOAA has issued a Winter Storm Warning in effect from 7:00 PM tonight until 10:00 AM Monday morning, December 31, 2007 with 4 - 7" of snowfall.  Some local weather forecasters are calling for upwards of 10". With the snowfall comes the parking bans.


There will be no parking on any public way in the Town of Southborough from 12 Midnight until 6:00 a.m.; and furthermore, there will be no parking on any public way during any snowstorm in the Town of Southborough. Vehicles parked will be towed at the owner’s expense (according to the Town’s Code).

This Ban will be in effect from December 1, 2007 through March 15, 2008.

Illegal parking during unusual storms occurring before or after the Ban will be dealt with according to Section 152-6 of the Code of the Town of Southborough.

What about Me

December 30, 2007 - Two pygmy goats stare out from the fence at the Bourdon farm.

Hunting and Fishing 2008 LICENSES AVAILABLE!

2008 hunting, fishing and trapping licenses are now available for purchase online and at license vendors across the state. License fees support MassWildlife's efforts in habitat protection, stocking fish and pheasants, biological projects, education programs and endangered species restoration.

Licenses may be purchased online via the MassOutdoors website. Be sure to choose “the next year” when purchasing 2008 licenses, permits, and stamps. Deer hunters are reminded that they must wait until January 1, 2008 to apply for antlerless deer permits online. Due to documentation requirements, trapping licenses and hunting licenses for minors are not available online.

Licenses are also available for purchase local hunting and fishing outlets and Town Clerk offices.  Hunting and sporting license buyers are reminded that they must show either a previous hunting license or a hunter safety certificate from any state or Canadian province in order to purchase those types of licenses.

Speaker of the House

December 30, 2007 - This Mockingbird sits atop one of the MBTA speakers at the River Street lot.

DPH Issues Consumer Warning for Milk Products Sold at Whittier Farms in Shrewsbury

Boston - The Department of Public Health (DPH) is issuing a warning to consumers not to drink any milk products from Whittier Farms in Shrewsbury because of listeria bacteria contamination.

Four cases of listeriosis infection have been identified by DPH. The cases occurred in June, October and two in November. DNA fingerprinting conducted by the State Laboratory Institute showed that the bacteria causing these infections came from a common source. Samples collected showed product contamination.

Whittier Farms has agreed to voluntarily suspend operations and distribution at this time until a source of contamination is identified. The firm is contacting all customers.  The bulk of their distribution is home delivery to customers in the greater Worcester/Shrewsbury area. Brand names produced at Whittier Dairy include Whittier, Schultz, Balance Rock, Spring Brook, and Maple.

Listeriosis is a serious foodborne disease that can be life-threatening to certain individuals. While most cases of listeriosis occur in adults with weakened immune systems, the elderly, pregnant women and newborns, infections can occasionally occur in healthy individuals.

The four cases involved three elderly residents and a pregnant woman from Worcester county. Two of the cases have died.

“Although evidence suggests that contamination is likely to be at a low level and the risk of infection low, even in those at high risk, it is recommended that consumers do not consume these products and discard any of these products they have,” said DPH Director of Communicable Disease Control Dr. Al DeMaria.

Symptoms of listeriosis include fever, muscle aches and sometimes gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea or diarrhea. The illness may be mild and symptoms are sometimes described as flu-like.

About 2,500 cases of listeriosis occur each year in the United States. Twenty-two cases occurred in