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January 4,  2008 - January 10, 2009

Motel Electrical Fire

January 10, 2008 - Firefighters check a room at a Route 9 motel for an electrical fire earlier this afternoon.

It's time for More Snow

January 10, 2009 - More snow to fall tonight in Southborough.

We have the Winners.

The Following three people have guessed the ten photos in the contest.

Martha Elliot wins the $25 gift certificate to Stop and Shop with a matching gift card to be donated to the Southborough Food Pantry in her name.  Second Runner up is Barbara Murphy and placing third is John Kendall.

Thank you to all who played the photo contest. Don't forget part two starts Monday and it will be a question and answer contest run the same way, several questions each day from Monday to Friday of next week.

Contest photo #1 General Henry Knox stone in front of the Southborough Community House

Contest Photo # 2 Old Trolly Track, Parkerville Road

Contest photo #3 Southborough Town Pound behind the Townhouse

Contest Photo #4 Fayville Village Hall

Contest photo #5 an easy one, Fitzgeralds General Store on Southville Road

Contest Photo #6 Several people were so close on getting all of the photos but this one. This is the Baypath trail off Woodland Road.

Contest Photo #7 The Stone Bridge over the Sudbury River near the MBTA station and Route 85 at the Hopkinton/Southborough town line.

Contest photo #8 Stone marker at Fay Field. In memory of Cpl. Harold E. Fay killed in action in Italy 1944.

Contest Photo #9 The Sudbury Aqueduct, Northborough Road.

Contest photo #10 This road marker can be found at Sears Road and Route 30.

ARHS Sports 1/11/09
Coed Varsity Swimming VS TRI MEET - SHREWSBURY/WESTBORO Borough's YMCA 5:00PM
AVRTHS Sports 1/11/09
Boys JV Ice Hockey @ Littleton High School Click for directions   11:45AM

TRACKING YOUR NEIGHBORS FOOTSTEPS

January 10, 2009 - A fox caught on a wildlife camera.

Date: Saturday January 24, 2009 (Alternate Date: Sunday January 25), Time: 9:30am-Noon
Location: Nut Meadow, Concord
Leader/Speaker:  SVT Director & Tracking Expert, Lydia Rogers and SVT Volunteer Dan Foster
Winter is the perfect time to learn what kinds of animals are roaming our reservations. Nut Meadow has an interesting topography and wetlands rich in biodiversity. We could find evidence of coyote, red fox, beaver, mink, and even great blue heron. Come learn about wildlife signs, tracking, behavior, and habitat. There is plenty of wildlife activity and signs to observe in winter. Please wear extra warm clothing, as tracking requires a lot of standing around and observing, NOT a lot of walking. Directions to the Sanborn School parking lot can be found here.
Fee: Members: Free, Non-members: $10
Near Full and Shiny cold Wolf Moon

January 9, 2009 - A waxing Gibbous moon rises at 99% full over a cold landscape.

The Last Two Photos are here:

Send an email with photo contest in the subject line and email to editor@southboroughnews.com

Name the locations of each of the ten photos in the body of the email. Remember to sign your name and if you have a story about Southborough and how you came to be here ad that too.

First three readers with the correct ten answers win

Contest photo #9

Contest photo #10

Contest photo #1

Contest Photo # 2

Contest photo #3

Contest Photo #4

Contest photo #5

Contest Photo #6

Contest Photo #7

Contest photo #8

Contest Photo #9

Contest photo #10

Okay Ready to Play?

Here is how the contest will run. Each night for the next five days (M, T, W, T & F) of this week there will be two new photos taken from around town.  Save your answers until the last two photos are posted Friday January 9, 2009 then send an email with the subject line photo contest to editor@southboroughnews.com with your answers.  We will be looking for where the photo was taken in Southborough. The photos will represent all four villages (Cordaville, Southville, Fayville and Southborough proper).  The first one to have them listed correctly will win a $25 gift certificate to Stop and Shop and a $25 gift certificate in your name donated to the Southborough Food Pantry.  The two runners up will have their choice of either a $10 gift certificate to Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts.

This is only part I of the contest.  Part two will commence next week under basically the same format but instead of photos, one will have to answer questions about Southborough. Twenty questions about Southborough history in five days.  A celabration for making The Southborough News a great website to visit while learning a little about your town and having fun at the same time.

During either contest, please feel free to write a note about why you chose Southborough to live or work in, what makes Southborough a great place or little tidbits of history or your life growing up in Southborough.  Some of these will be published on the website to share with our readers.

Thank you for reading the Southborough News, let the games continues!!  Remember all entries should come in after the last photos are published on the Southborough News this Friday night.

 

Get Ready for Another Round

January 9, 2009 - Winter storm watch remains in effect from Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning,
A winter storm watch remains in effect from late Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning.
This winter storm watch continues for northern Connecticut, Rhode island, and most of Massachusetts, including the cape and islands.
A storm moving out of the Midwest on Saturday will spread snow into southern new England. The snow will reach Hartford and Springfield around 4 to 5 pm Saturday, providence and Worcester around 6 to 7 pm, and Boston and Manchester around 8 to 9 pm.
A winter storm watch is issued for the potential of accumulating snow of 6 or more inches in a 12 hour period, or 8 or more inches in a 24 hour period. Anyone traveling in the next 24 to 36 hours should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to modify travel plans should winter weather develop.
 

Space Weather News for Jan. 9, 2009
http://spaceweather.com

APPROACHING COMET:  Comet Lulin (C/2007 N3), discovered in 2007 by a collaborative team of Taiwanese and Chinese astronomers, is swinging around the sun and approaching Earth. The photogenic comet has a bright tail and an "anti-tail" visible in mid-sized backyard telescopes.  At closest approach in February, Comet Lulin is expected to brighten to naked-eye visibility. Visit http://Spaceweather.com for sky maps, pictures and more information.

NEW SUNSPOTS:  For the second time this week, a sunspot is coalescing on the surface of the sun.  The spot's high latitude and magnetic polarity identify it as a member of new Solar Cycle 24; its appearance continues a recent trend of gradually intensifying new-cycle solar activity.  The spot is growing rapidly and may soon provide a nice target for backyard solar telescopes.

FULL MOON ALERT!  This weekend's full Moon is the biggest and brightest of 2009. It's a "perigee Moon" as much as 50,000 km  closer to Earth than other full Moons we'll see later this year.   Perigee moonlight shining through icy winter air can produce beautiful halos, coronas, moondogs and other atmospheric optics phenomena.  Sample photos are featured on today's edition of Spaceweather.com
 

From the Town Clerk's Office:

Don't forget to mail back your Southborough Town Census forms.  Please return it to the Town Clerk’s Office or drop off in the box outside the TOWN HOUSE. Failure to respond to the CENSUS may result in removal from the ACTIVE VOTING LIST. If you have any questions, please call us 508.485.0710 x3006 or email questions to: townclerk@southboroughma.com.
 

Sometimes it's Hard to Say Goodbye

Southborough will bid goodbye later this year to long time Building Inspector - Peter Johnson and Father Craig Lister of St. Mark's Episcopal Church.  Welcome to Phil Rinehart, Facilities Manager who replaces former Facilities Director Basilio Diaz, Facilities Manager  late last year.

ARHS Sports 1/10/0
Boys Varsity Wrestling @ NASHOBA TEAM DUALS   9:00AM
 Girls Varsity Indoor Track @ MSTCA WINTER FESTIVAL Reggie Lewis 9:15AM
 Boys Varsity Indoor Track @ MSTCA WINTER FESTIVAL Reggie Lewis 9:15AM
 Girls Varsity Gymnastics @ Shrewsbury High School High School 10:00AM
 Girls Varsity Ice Hockey VS Andover High School New England 5:10PM
 Coed JV Swimming @ JV MEET @SYMFIT IN BOXBORO   6:00PM
 Boys Varsity Ice Hockey @ Gardner High School GSR 6:00PM
AVRTHS Sports 1/10/09
 Boys JV Ice Hockey @ Grafton High School Click for directions North Star 8:20PM
4-H Livestock Meeting

The next 4H Livestock meeting will be this Sunday at 2pm

61 Breakneck Hill Road, Southborough

CAROLYN DYKEMA, STATE REPRESENTATIVE FOR 8TH MIDDLESEX DISTRICT,

INAUGURATED TO 186TH GENERAL CONGRESS

Boston- Carolyn Dykema was inaugurated this morning as the State Representative for the 8th Middlesex District, including the towns of Holliston and Hopkinton and precincts of Medway, Southborough and Westborough.  She joins 14 other newly elected representatives of the "freshman" class to the 186th General Congress.

Dykema's family and supporters were thrilled to be in the House Chamber with her on this important day.

The oath was administered by Governor Deval Patrick.  In his remarks he noted "It's going to be an adventure, it's going to be a challenging time but we'll be seizing opportunities,"  a sentiment which Representative Dykema echoes.  “We’re facing a lot of challenges, but there are also a lot of possibilities.” said Dykema. “By working together, I know we can make good things happens for our communities and I can’t wait to get started.”

Prior to her election to the House of Representatives, she served as Chairwoman of the Holliston Planning Board and on the Executive board of the Metrowest Growth Management Committee.  She will hold office for the duration of the 186th session of the General Court, until January 2011.

Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) took his official oath of office

BOSTON – Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) took his official oath of office yesterday morning in a formal ceremony held in the Senate Chamber of the State House.  “I enter the Senate well aware of the enormous challenges facing our district and our state,” noted Eldridge. “We need to preserve vital services – including local aid for our schools and communities – while dealing with a massive budget deficit, and find ways to create economic opportunities for all even as we face a national economic crisis. It was an honor to take the official oath of office – and now we’re all ready to roll up our sleeves and get to work.”

The transition is a historic one for Eldridge, who got his start in public service working for former State Senator Robert Durand and later managed the campaign of retiring State Senator Pamela Resor. “It’s really an honor to be succeeding these two dedicated public servants, and I hope to carry on their traditionof leadership and excellent service to this district.” Senator Eldridge, along with the other 39 members of the Senate, was sworn in by Governor Deval Patrick.

Members of the public are welcome to contact Senator Eldridge at his State House or District office any time with questions, comments and concerns:

State House

Room 213-A

617-722-1120

James.Eldridge@state.ma.us

District Office

Walker Building

225 Main Street Room 106

Marlborough, MA 01752

508-786-3040

Okay Ready to Play?

Here is how the contest will run. Each night for the next five days (M, T, W, T & F) of this week there will be two new photos taken from around town.  Save your answers until the last two photos are posted Friday January 9, 2009 then send an email with the subject line photo contest to editor@southboroughnews.com with your answers.  We will be looking for where the photo was taken in Southborough. The photos will represent all four villages (Cordaville, Southville, Fayville and Southborough proper).  The first one to have them listed correctly will win a $25 gift certificate to Stop and Shop and a $25 gift certificate in your name donated to the Southborough Food Pantry.  The two runners up will have their choice of either a $10 gift certificate to Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts.

This is only part I of the contest.  Part two will commence next week under basically the same format but instead of photos, one will have to answer questions about Southborough. Twenty questions about Southborough history in five days.  A celabration for making The Southborough News a great website to visit while learning a little about your town and having fun at the same time.

During either contest, please feel free to write a note about why you chose Southborough to live or work in, what makes Southborough a great place or little tidbits of history or your life growing up in Southborough.  Some of these will be published on the website to share with our readers.

Thank you for reading the Southborough News, let the games continues!!  Remember all entries should come in after the last photos are published on the Southborough News this Friday night.

Contest Photo # 7

Contest photo # 8

ARHS Sports 1/9/09
Girls Freshman Basketball VS Milford High School   4:00PM
 Boys Freshman Basketball @ Milford High School Click for directions   4:00PM
 Girls JV Basketball VS Milford High School   5:30PM
 Boys JV Basketball @ Milford High School Click for directions   5:30PM
 Boys Varsity Basketball @ Milford High School Click for directions   7:00PM
 Girls Varsity Basketball VS Milford High School   7:00PM
AVRTHS Sports 1/9/09
Girls JV Basketball @ Worcester Technical H.S. Click for directions   3:30PM
 Boys Freshman Basketball VS Clinton High School Gym 3:30PM
 Girls Freshman Basketball @ Clinton High School Click for directions   3:30PM
 Girls Varsity Basketball @ Worcester Technical H.S. Click for directions   5:00PM
 Boys JV Basketball VS Worcester Technical H.S. Gym 5:30PM
 Boys Varsity Basketball VS Worcester Technical H.S. Gym 7:00PM

Sports Schedules are subject to change under weather conditions

Triboro Youth Hockey

February 2009 Calendar Raffle

A fundraiser for the Triboro Youth Hockey are on sale until January 31.

Daily Winners from $50 to $1,000 dollars during the month of February

28 chances to win, total payout $3100.00, Winners returned to drawing

Contact a Triboro hockey player for a calendar

Triboro Hockey website click here

 

 
Events & Essentials E-news
 
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 2009
 
 

In the News...

The dietary supplement ginkgo biloba does not protect against age-related dementia and Alzheimer's disease, according to a large government-funded study, as reported in USA Today   [Read More]

Support for Alzheimer response plan
NH State House
Support for a State Alzheimer's Disease Plan is gaining momentum. Legislative Service Request,  2009-S-1001-R, would establish a commission to study creating a statewide plan for addressing Alzheimer's disease in New Hampshire. Senate Majority Leader Margaret "Maggie" Wood Hassan signed on as prime sponsor, with Senator Kathleen G. Sgambati, Representative Cindy Rosenwald and Representative Donna L. Schlachman joining as supporters.  To find out how you can help move the cause, contact Liz McConnell by e-mail, or by calling  603.606.6590.
New Staffer serves the Upper Valley
Kesstan
We are proud to welcome Upper Valley Program Coordinator, Kesstan Blandin, to our team.  Kesstan joins us via our collaboration with the Upper Valley Memory Center and the Centers for Health & Aging in New Hampshire's Upper Valley region.  She will offer  Care Consultation, family caregiver education, early stage patient education, public health (lifestyle) education programs and professional training programs in Grafton, Sullivan and parts of Merrimack County.  Like so many, Kesstan also has personal experience with Alzheimer's disease having been a  caregiver for her grandmother.  

24/7 Helpline for Alzheimer's Questions

WomanThere is help for people with Alzheimer's, family members and professional and family caregivers. Available 24/7
 
Calls are confidential and free. Trained staff answer your questions.  
Call 800.272.3900
or contact us at our Helpline Online 
 

 
Beautiful Quilt in Benefit Drawing
Quilt 
A family quilting project resulted in a beautiful purple-hued quilt that is the prize in a benefit drawing fund-raiser for the Run for the Memory marathon team.  Click on the quilt for information, and a better look at the fine artwork. Contact Lori Coburn for tickets.
New Online Poetry Journal: Send Your Poems
Mindset Poetry 
Mindset Poetry, an online poetry journal dedicated to poetry about the Alzheimer's experience, is gearing up for launch. We invite you to submit your poems for consideration.  Mindset Poetry is a project of the Alzheimer's Association, MA/NH Chapter. [Send a Poem]. Please include your full name, address, e-mail contact, and age.
Support Group to "Meet" by Phone
Phone Support GroupCould you benefit from sharing your questions and concerns in a supportive atmosphere, but are not able to get out of the house? In February, we are launching a Telephone Based Support Group for rural and homebound caregivers who have difficulty traveling to or attending support groups. For information, e-mail or call Susan Antkowiak, at 603.606.6590.
 
Join Our Mailing List 
Celebrities Join Cause
Fritz Wetherbee
NH Chronicle host Fritz Wetherbee has joined our Celebrity Champion campaign.  See who else supports the cause.  
SAVE the DATE: June 20
Alzheimer's Conference 
 
Mark you calendars for Saturday June 20th for the Alzheimer's Association Conference. This half-day event is for individuals living with Alzheimer's and their caregivers, as well as professionals. Learn about the latest in current and future treatment options and the search for the cure.   Keynote: nationally recognized expert and advocate, Joanne Koenig-Coste discusses Habilitation Therapy, focusing on minimizing Alzheimer challenges.
SAVE the DATE: Memory Ride Set for July 25th Weekend
 
2009 Memory Ride for Research that covers territory in NH and MA is set for the weekend of July 25. Watch for details on registration and pre-ride events. 
NEW Website Address
Check out our website at alz.org/MANH to learn about everything we offer in NH and MA. Many families live across the border--and you can now access programs from the full area our Chapter serves, at one easy location.
Coyote Tracks

January 7, 2009 - Coyote tracks cover the ground in at the edge of a field.

Time is running out so get those applications in

The Corridor Nine Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that a total of $12,000 is available in scholastic awards to graduating high school students. Students must be a resident of Westborough, Northborough, Southborough or Shrewsbury to apply. The awards given will be granted on the basis of scholastic achievement, community and school involvement, work experience, financial need, appearance of application, and an interview.

 

Applications are available in the guidance offices of the following schools: Westborough High School, Algonquin Regional High School, Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School, Shrewsbury High School, Holy Name, St. John's High School, Bancroft School, Notre Dame Academy, St. Peter-Marian Central High School, and St. Mark's School. To receive a scholarship application by mail, contact the Chamber office at 508-836-4444. 

 

Applications must be returned to the Chamber postmarked no later than Friday, Jan. 9, 2009. Recipients of the awards will be honored at a Chamber breakfast meeting scheduled for March 25th at the Doubletree Hotel in Westborough.

Icy Dicey again

January 7, 2009 - Rain and Ice pelted the region again today and tonight making travel treacherous.

2009 Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions Annual Conference

The MACC Annual Environmental Conference is the largest regular environmental conference in New England.

Over 1000 Conservation Commissioners, other local officials, state and federal environmental officials, consultants, attorneys and others enjoy a full day of activities.

The Annual Environmental Conference includes an Opening Session with speakers; presentation of the MACC Environmental Service Awards, and the business session including the election of officers and directors.

Over 40 workshop and training sessions are offered, all taught by recognized experts.

There are over 40 exhibits and displays. State and federal agencies, and providers of environmental products and services find the Annual Environmental Conference to be a great opportunity to reach a large number of environmental activists.

The 2009 MACC Annual Environmental Conference will be held on February 28th 2009 at the Hogan Campus Center, Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Directions

Hogan Campus Center, Holy Cross College, Worcester, Mass.

Take Exit 11 (College Square off Route 290 in Worcester. At end of exit ramp, bear left. Drive to the first right just before the traffic light and turn onto College Ave. Go up the large hill to Gate 7, the last gate on the left. Enter and go to the parking lot in front of the second building, Hogan Campus Center.

 

Okay Ready to Play?

Here is how the contest will run. Each night for the next five days (M, T, W, T & F) of this week there will be two new photos taken from around town.  Save your answers until the last two photos are posted Friday January 9, 2009 then send an email with the subject line photo contest to editor@southboroughnews.com with your answers.  We will be looking for where the photo was taken in Southborough. The photos will represent all four villages (Cordaville, Southville, Fayville and Southborough proper).  The first one to have them listed correctly will win a $25 gift certificate to Stop and Shop and a $25 gift certificate in your name donated to the Southborough Food Pantry.  The two runners up will have their choice of either a $10 gift certificate to Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts.

This is only part I of the contest.  Part two will commence next week under basically the same format but instead of photos, one will have to answer questions about Southborough. Twenty questions about Southborough history in five days.  A celabration for making The Southborough News a great website to visit while learning a little about your town and having fun at the same time.

During either contest, please feel free to write a note about why you chose Southborough to live or work in, what makes Southborough a great place or little tidbits of history or your life growing up in Southborough.  Some of these will be published on the website to share with our readers.

Thank you for reading the Southborough News, let the games continues!!  Remember all entries should come in after the last photos are published on the Southborough News this Friday night.

Contest photo #5

Contest Photo #6

Triboro Mite 2 Team worked hard this season on their hockey games.

Date Home Team Team Win Loss
01/04/09 Triboro Mite 2 Starhawks Mite 3 6 2
12/28/08 Triboro Mite 2 Starhawks Mite 2 2 5
12/20/08 Triboro Mite 2 Tri-valley mite 2 5 2
12/14/08 Triboro Mite 2 Framingham Mite 3 1 6
11/23/08 Triboro Mite 2 Concord Mite 2 4 2
11/15/08 Triboro Mite 2 Shrewsbury Mite 2 1 5
11/11/08 Triboro Mite 2 SMS Mite 2 0 3
11/02/08 Triboro Mite 2 Starhawks Mite 2 1 2
11/02/08 Triboro Mite 2 Franklin Mite 2
10/19/08 Triboro Mite 2 Framingham Mite 2 0 5
10/13/08 Triboro Mite 2 Assabet Mite 1 1 5
10/05/08 Triboro Mite 2 Starhawks Mite 2 5 3
09/28/08 Triboro Mite 2 Concord Mite 2 5 1
09/14/08 Triboro Mite 2 KP/Walpole Mite 2 0 15
09/06/08 Triboro Mite 2 Tri Valley Mite 2 1 8
Tournaments
11/29/08 Triboro Mite 2 Medford Mite B 4 6
11/23/08 Triboro Mite 2 Newton Mite B 1 11
10/26/08 Triboro Mite 2 Long Island Edge 0 6
10/25/08 Triboro Mite 2 Marlborough WCYHA 0 6
10/24/08 Triboro Mite 2 Marlborough Hamden Dragons 0 6

 

Algonquin Regional & the Northborough Southborough Schools Closed today January 7, 2009

Assabet Valley Regional Technical School Closed

CERT Lessons

January 6, 2009 - Members of the Southborough CERT-MRC teams check out the Southborough fire ambulance.  Tonight CERT went over the accomplishments of their first year and what to look forward to in the coming year.  CERT - MRC have been deployed for fires, Heritage Day and Summer Nights.  If you are interested in volunteering your time with the program click here for the new Southborough CERT - MRC website.

Say it Ain't so

January 6, 2009 - Most people probably are feeling just like this, "no more snow or ice."

Okay Ready to Play?

Here is how the contest will run. Each night for the next five days (M, T, W, T & F) of this week there will be two new photos taken from around town.  Save your answers until the last two photos are posted Friday January 9, 2009 then send an email with the subject line photo contest to editor@southboroughnews.com with your answers.  We will be looking for where the photo was taken in Southborough. The photos will represent all four villages (Cordaville, Southville, Fayville and Southborough proper).  The first one to have them listed correctly will win a $25 gift certificate to Stop and Shop and a $25 gift certificate in your name donated to the Southborough Food Pantry.  The two runners up will have their choice of either a $10 gift certificate to Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts.

This is only part I of the contest.  Part two will commence next week under basically the same format but instead of photos, one will have to answer questions about Southborough. Twenty questions about Southborough history in five days.  A celabration for making The Southborough News a great website to visit while learning a little about your town and having fun at the same time.

During either contest, please feel free to write a note about why you chose Southborough to live or work in, what makes Southborough a great place or little tidbits of history or your life growing up in Southborough.  Some of these will be published on the website to share with our readers.

Thank you for reading the Southborough News, let the games continues!!  Remember all entries should come in after the last photos are published on the Southborough News this Friday night.

Contest photo #3

Contest photo #4

 

January 6, 2008 - An update from Sparkles:

Afternoon!

Today we were contacted by the good folks at FIDO Friendly Magazine. They will be including Sparkles' in an upcoming issue. Needless to say, we are really very excited. This will be yet another way to share her story and her love for helping teach fire safety.

Take care and stay safe,

 Dayna and Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog

Worcester Trees Come Down

January 6, 2008 - Asian Long Horned Beetle trees come down in Worcester.  Although the beetle quarantine area is in the City of Worcester and parts of Holden, West Boylston, Boylston and Shrewsbury residents of all cities and towns need to be vigilant to signs of infestation of the beetle.  Click here to learn more about the beetle.

Above photo: The Asian Long Horned Beetle as it appears in summer and fall. Egg niches in the limb above will lead to larvae burrowing into the tree.  Below photo shows numerous exit holes after the larvae has emerged from inside the tree.  These beetles love Maples, Willows, Poplars and other hardwood. Photos Southboroughnews.com

ARHS Sports 1/7/09
Coed Varsity Swimming @ Gardner High School Greenwood 3:45PM
 Girls Varsity Ice Hockey @ Cambridge Public Schools   4:00PM
 Boys Varsity Indoor Track @ **POSTPONED - ARHS/LEOMINSTER/NMRHS Fitchburg High 5:00PM
 Girls Varsity Indoor Track @ **POSTPONED - ARHS/LEOMINSTER/NMRHS Fitchburg High 5:00PM
 Boys Varsity Wrestling VS Hudson High School Algonquin 6:30PM
 Boys Varsity Ice Hockey VS Marlborough High School Northstar Rink 8:00PM
AVRTHS Sports 1/7/09
Boys Freshman Basketball VS Hudson High School Gym 3:00PM
 Boys Varsity Ice Hockey @ Grafton High School Click for directions Lake Park 6:00PM

Sports Schedules are subject to change under weather conditions

 

(Framingham, MA) Every week, millions turn on CSI to watch Gil Grissom and his team of investigators, bring criminals to justice by the seemingly simple scientific process of DNA testing. On Friday January 9, 2009, the 8th grade students of the Christa McAuliffe Expeditionary Learning School will be learning the realities of DNA testing by participating in an Electrophoresis Lab. The lab is entitled “DNA and Cell Electrophoresis” and is the concluding event to their Investigation on Cells and Genetics. 

DNA, which stands for Deoxyribonucleic Acid, is the genetic material that makes each one of us unique and different. The word “electrophoresis” really means the ability to apply an electric field to sort biological molecules such as DNA. Basically, in this lab the students will be using their own DNA and see how it separates into its individual proteins. Students will not be using their own blood; however, instead they will be using their own saliva. Using a sterile cotton swab to rub the inside of their cheeks of their mouths, they will collect their saliva and thus the sample of DNA that is needed to run this lab. The students will be joined by field expert, Dr. Elizabeth Auger of Saint Josephs College of Maine.  Dr. Auger is currently the Biology Department head and Professor of Microbiology, Genetics, and Biology.

This 8th grade science lab is the first of its kind at the school, and was made possible by a generous gift from Battelle Memorial Institute located in Natick MA. Battelle is the world’s largest non-profit independent research and development organization, providing innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing needs through its four global businesses:  Laboratory Management, National Security, Energy Technology, and Health and Life Sciences.  It advances scientific discovery and application by conducting $4 billion in global R&D annually through contract research, laboratory management and technology commercialization.  The gift has had wide ranging effects in the improvement and expansion of McAuliffe’s already innovative science and math programs. “We firmly believe that helping to educate our young people in math and science is crucial to the success of our economy in the state of Massachusetts and in the U.S.,” said Kellie Zupkofska, Manager, Battelle Natick.  “We’re glad to provide support whether it’s through our staff volunteering time or through donations.”

Dan Anderson, McAuliffe’s 8th grade science teacher reports that the 8th graders are excited at the chance to utilize techniques used by real criminologists. “They will be participating in a DNA lab that allows them to see their own DNA and proteins, just as the stars of the CSI TV shows do.” “This is going to be really cool,” says Barry an 8th grader in Anderson’s class. “I can’t believe we are able to do work like this in Middle School.” McAuliffe’s Principal Rachel Romano say’s this is just one great example of Expeditionary Learning. “The Expeditionary Learning model provides students with inquiry-based learning experiences like this one.  Students find this learning environment exhilarating and so do their teachers!” 

Island Surrounded by Ice

January 5, 2009 - Lights from cars and businesses along Route 9 shine on the ice.  Southborough is full of bodies of water that include the Sudbury Reservoir and aqueduct system,  the Sudbury River and various ponds and streams.  The Southborough Police and Fire departments remind residents of the dangers of thin ice. 

MEMA ISSUES ICE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

Framingham, MA - The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has issued information regarding safety precautions to be taken on our frozen lakes, rivers and ponds.

“Before we experience a tragedy that is unfortunately too common this time of year, it is important that we remind everyone, particularly children, of the dangers of unsafe ice,” said MEMA Director Don Boyce. “Lakes, ponds, streams and rivers throughout the Commonwealth have begun to freeze over, however, the temperature continues to fluctuate above and below freezing, making ice conditions very uncertain. People may be a bit impatient to venture out on the ice for skating, hockey, ice fishing and other winter sports. We highly recommend the use of recreational skating areas provided by your local communities. It is very important to exercise precaution and common sense.”

Always check with your local police, fire or park department to ensure that safe ice conditions exist. However, due to the uncertainty of ice conditions and the dangers presented, many departments will not endorse the safety of lakes, ponds, streams or rivers. The strength and thickness of ice should be known before any activity takes place.

Ice Safety Tips

Never go onto the ice alone. A friend may be able to rescue you or go for help if you fall through the ice.

Always keep your pets on a leash. If a pet falls through the ice do not attempt to rescue your pet, go for help.

New ice is usually stronger than old ice. As ice ages, the bond between the crystals decays, making it weaker, even if melting has not occurred.

Beware of ice covered with snow. Snow can insulate ice and keep it strong, but can also insulate it to keep it from freezing. Snow can also hide cracks, weak and open ice.

Slush is a danger sign, indicating that ice is no longer freezing from the bottom and can be weak or deteriorating.

Ice formed over flowing water (rivers or lakes containing a large number of springs) is generally 15% weaker.

Ice seldom freezes or thaws at a uniform rate. It can be one foot thick in one spot and be only one inch thick 10 feet away.

Reach-Throw-Go. If a companion falls through the ice and you are unable to reach that person from shore, throw them something (rope, jumper cables, tree branch, etc.). If this does not work, go for help before you also become a victim. Get medical assistance for the victim immediately.

If you fall in, try not to panic. Turn toward the direction from which you came. Place your hands and arms on the unbroken surface, working forward by kicking your feet. Once out, remain lying on the ice (do not stand) and roll away from the hole. Crawl back to your tracks, keeping your weight distributed until you return to solid ice.

By following safety procedures, you can be safe and enjoy the many winter activities offered by the great outdoors.

(Sources: Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, Colorado State Parks Department, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources)

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is the state agency responsible for coordinating federal, state, local, voluntary and private resources during emergencies and disasters in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. MEMA provides leadership to: develop plans for effective response to all hazards, disasters or threats; train emergency personnel to protect the public; provide information to the citizenry; and assist individuals, families, businesses and communities to mitigate against, prepare for, and respond to and recover from emergencies, both natural and man made. For additional information about MEMA and Winter Preparedness, go to the MEMA website at www.mass.gov/mema

Fast Snow and Lots of Fun

January 5, 2009 - Sledding enjoyment.

Okay Ready to Play?

Here is how the contest will run. Each night for the next five days (M, T, W, T & F) of this week there will be two new photos taken from around town.  Save your answers until the last two photos are posted Friday January 9, 2009 then send an email to editor@southboroughnews.com with your answers.  We will be looking for where the photo was taken in Southborough. The photos will represent all four villages (Cordaville, Southville, Fayville and Southborough proper).  The first one to have them listed correctly will win a $25 gift certificate to Stop and Shop and a $25 gift certificate in your name donated to the Southborough Food Pantry.  The two runners up will have their choice of either a $10 gift certificate to Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts.

This is only part I of the contest.  Part two will commence next week under basically the same format but instead of photos, one will have to answer questions about Southborough. Twenty questions about Southborough history in five days.  A celabration for making The Southborough News a great website to visit while learning a little about your town and having fun at the same time.

During either contest, please feel free to write a note about why you chose Southborough to live or work in, what makes Southborough a great place or little tidbits of history or your life growing up in Southborough.  Some of these will be published on the website to share with our readers.

Thank you for reading the Southborough News, let the games begin!!

Contest Photo # 1

Contest Photo #2

More Winter Weather Ready to Move in

January 5, 2009 - Winter storm watch in effect from Tuesday evening through Wednesday evening,
The NWS in taunton has issued a winter storm watch, which is in effect from Tuesday evening through Wednesday evening.
This watch includes southwest and south central Massachusetts, northern Connecticut and northwest Rhode Island.
Snow is expected to develop across the region late Tuesday night. The snow may become briefly heavy near daybreak Wednesday morning, with a better chance near the Massachusetts turnpike. However, warm air is expected to move in aloft changing the precipitation over to sleet and freezing rain across most locations by mid to late morning.
Freezing rain may become the predominant precipitation type and continue through the afternoon. This is particularly true to the northwest of i-84 and into the high terrain, where temperatures may remain below freezing for the entire event. The potential exists for between one quarter and one half inch of ice accretion across a portion of this region.
It still remains uncertain what the predominant precipitation type will be from this storm. If the low pressure system tracks closer to the coast, more of an ice event can be expected with just some snow at the onset. If the low tracks further south, we will be dealing with several inches of snow with not as much ice. Regardless, the Wednesday morning rush hour may be quite messy so plan accordingly.
A winter storm watch is issued for the potential of accumulating snow of 6 or more inches in a 12 hour period, or 8 or more inches in a 24 hour period. Anyone traveling in the next 24 to 36 hours should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to modify travel plans should winter weather develop.

 

ARHS Sports 1/6/09
Girls Freshman Basketball @ Shrewsbury High School   4:00PM
 Boys Freshman Basketball VS Shrewsbury High School   4:00PM
 Boys JV Basketball VS Shrewsbury High School   5:30PM
 Girls JV Basketball @ Shrewsbury High School   5:30PM
 Girls Varsity Basketball @ Shrewsbury High School   7:00PM
 Boys Varsity Basketball VS Shrewsbury High School   7:00PM
AVRTHS Sports 1/6/09
Girls Freshman Basketball @ Bay Path Regtechhs Click for directions   3:30PM
 Boys Freshman Basketball VS Bay Path Regtechhs Gym 3:30PM
 Girls JV Basketball @ Bay Path Regtechhs Click for directions   5:00PM
 Boys JV Basketball VS Bay Path Regtechhs Gym 5:30PM
 Girls Varsity Basketball @ Bay Path Regtechhs Click for directions   6:30PM
 Boys Varsity Basketball VS Bay Path Regtechhs Gym 7:00PM

Sports Schedules are subject to change under weather conditions

The Southborough Players are proud to present  "Closer Than Ever."

"Closer Than Ever" is a musical revue of 20-plus songs by Richard Maltby Jr.and David Shire. Each song is a vignette into a character's life, universal moments and themes all of us can relate to. It is like opening a box of tucked away mementoes.  Each one tugs at your heartstrings as you relive the events rooted in the souvenirs. All we ever have is the present and our memories as we travel on our journey through life.

The Southborough Players production of "Closer Than Ever" is Directed by Teri Shea, Music Director is John Lesley and Produced by Rick Saunders.

Our cast includes Bill Condon of Shrewsbury, Michelle Margulies of Natick, Sheryl Altman of Southborough, Chris Harris of Shrewsbury, Ray Gaspari of Worcester, Donna Wresinski of Framingham, Amy Herrera of Hopkinton and Diane Tutin of Natick.

"Closer Than Ever" will be presented  at the Trottier Middle School in Southborough on Friday January 16, 2009 , at 8:00 pm, Saturday January 17, 2009, at 8:00 pm, and Sunday January 18, 2009, at 2:00 pm.

General Admission tickets are $15.00 for adults, $12.00 for seniors and students, $10.00 for groups of 10 or more. Tickets will go on sale in mid December and be available for purchase  through the Southborough  Players' website (www.southboroughplayers.org) or reservations can be made by calling 508.485.4424

 

CITIZEN SCIENTISTS CAN HELP COUNT EAGLES

A concentrated survey of major rivers, lakes, reservoirs, and the coast will take place January 9, 2009 by Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) personnel, cooperators, and volunteers across the state. This event is part of the nationwide Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey that is held every year in early January. "As usual, our longtime 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 of MassWildlife's Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program. Ground teams will also be covering known eagle territories statewide during the day. In 2008, 71 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 & Endangered Species Program, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, MA 01581. Please provide date, time, location, and town of eagle sightings, number of birds, whether juvenile or adult, and, observer's contact information.
The restoration of bald eagles to Massachusetts is a great success story. MassWildlife, along with many other conservation partners, began the restoration effort in 1982 after eagles were discovered wintering in the Quabbin Reservoir area. 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. From 1982 -1988, young eagle chicks were transported from wild nests, primarily in 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 set free. This method, called hacking, assures that the young birds will 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 three eaglets at the Quabbin Reservoir in 1989. Since that time, 26 eagle nests have been established in known nesting territories in the state with 300 chicks fledged. The nesting birds are descended from the original hacked eaglets as well as descendants of hacked birds from neighboring states.


Eagle restoration efforts received major funding from: the former Bank of Boston, hunting and fishing license fees (Inland Fish & Game Fund), the Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Fund, as well as additional support from National Grid, the Massachusetts Audubon Society and federal aid from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
 

January 4, 2009 - The hill on Latisquama Road was crowded with sledders and tobagganers all weekend.

Sunset in Southborough

January 4, 2009 - A brilliant sunset tips the tops of the trees and sets the ice aglow tonight.

William E. Nykvist

 

 

NYKVIST, William E. Of Southborough, died on Jan. 2, 2009 at age 62 after a long battle with mesothelioma cancer. Beloved husband of Faye (Ogilvie) Nykvist, loving brother of G. Russell Nykvist & his wife, Anne of Westwood MA, Ruth Jones Wilkinson and her husband, Jim, of Daphne, AL, Nancy Underwood & her husband, Scott, of Denham Springs, LA, & Robert Nykvist of Theodore, AL. Dear uncle to Kristen Nykvist LeVangie of Medfield, MA, Jonathan Nykvist of Watertown, MA & Matthew Jones of Los Angeles, CA. Born in Western NY State, he earned mechanical engineering degrees at the University of Buffalo & University of Washington, and after serving in the Army for 2 years, worked his entire career at the Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center in Natick, MA. Bill & Faye enjoyed traveling, camping, gardening, and sports. They camped across the USA twice, & especially enjoyed their annual fall week at Baxter State Park in Maine. Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Habitat for Humanity International, 121 Habitat Street, Americus, GA 31709.
 

ARHS Sports 1/5/09

No Sports Scheduled

AVRTHS Sports 1/5/09

No Sports Scheduled

Sports Schedules are subject to change under weather conditions

Monday night, January 5, the contest will begin in celebration of the Southborough News surpassing 100,000 readers.  So start thinking Southborough history and places.
Ice on the rocks

January 4, 2009 - Sunlight glints of massive ice domes near the base of the dam on the Sudbury River.

Southborough meetings

January 4 - January 10, 2009

Meeting

Date

Time

Where

MUNICIPAL FACILITIES COMM. Jan 5 6:30 PM fire station Memorial Hall
BOARD OF SELECTMEN
Agenda
Jan 6 7:00 PM Hearing Room Town House
RECREATION COMMISSION Jan 7 7:00 PM Recreation office, 21 Highland Street
Council on Aging Jan 7 7:00 PM Country Kitchen Cordaville Hall
ZONING ADVISORY COMMITTEE Jan 7 7:30 PM Upper Hall Cordaville Hall
CONSERVATION COMMISSION Jan 8 7:30 PM Hearing Room Town House
BOARD OF HEALTH Jan 8 1:00 PM BOH Office Cordaville Hall

 

Senior Schedule

Monday 5

Tuesday 6

Wednesday 7

Thursday 8

Friday 9

8:30 Health Clinic

8:30 walking group

   8:30 - 12 Health clinic

 

9:30 AM Cribbage

11:00 Sr. singers at Pilgrim Church

10:00 Creative Writers 9:30  Mah Jongg 12:00 Lunch
11:00 Friends Meeting

12:00 Lunch

  12:00 Lunch  
12:00 Lunch 12:30 Pitch 12:30 PM .... A Memory Meal  12:30 Pitch  
    12:00 Lunch 1:00 PM bridge  
2:00 PM Fitness @ the Fire Station

 

2:00 PM Fitness @ the Fire Station    

SATURDAYS AT THE SENIOR CENTER

We will close on Saturdays during the month of January for

renovation but will resume with our Annual Cub Scout Luncheon

on February 7th at 12:00 and will continue on our regular 9-12

Saturday schedule on February14th.

INCLEMENT WEATHER CLOSINGS

If Southborough Schools are closed or delayed due to

inclement weather then the Senior Center will be closed. For

closings during school vacation weeks please call the Senior

Center. If there is snow or ice on a Saturday the Senior Center

will be closed.

 

Southborough Library

Sunday 4 Monday 5 Tuesday 6 Wednesday 7 Thursday 8 Friday 9 Saturday 10
 

10:30

Story time 2-5 years

 

 

 

 

10:30

Story time 2-5 years

 

 

 

 

Story time 2-5 years

10:00 Book Review

6:30 pm YA Book

 

 

 

11:00 Toddler Time 

 

 

 

 

   
 

January 16-18, 2009 – The Fly Fishing Show in Marlborough located at the Royal Plaza Trade Center on Route 20. MassWildlife will be selling licenses and providing fishing and other outdoor information to attendees. For further information, visit The Fly Fishing Show website at www.flyfishingshow.com/Marlborough__MA.html or call toll free (866) 481-2393.