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February 22,  2008 - February 28, 2009

The Massachusetts 54th Visits Southborough

February 28, 2009 - LT. Benny White of the Massachusetts 54th gives a presentation of black troops during the Civil War to over a dozen guests at the Southborough Historical Museum.

Wind driven Flags

February 28, 2009 - The American and Southborough Flags fly nearly straight out from winds.

Not Enough Hours

February 28, 2009 - With cutbacks in hours, library patrons have to find some other ways to access the library.  Online one can click here to access C/W MARS = Connecting Libraries in Central and Western Massachusetts.  The page offers a wealth of information.

Last chance to get the Fire Ball Tickets

The Movement Project Performance Company

of Annemarie's Dance Centre Announces Annual Concert:


February 28, 2008 at 7:30

Keefe Technical High School

Framingham, MA

  18 of the studio's accomplished dancers take the stage for one night only in the performance of Reflection, the Movement Project's annual concert. Choreography was created by Annemarie Fairhurst, Amanda Belanger, Jenny Carlson, Jill Jackson, Chrissy Reynolds and Sarah Zakrzewski. This year will also feature student work choreographed by Alex Anastos, Carolyn Maiorana, Natasha El-Massih and Crystal Pratt. The performance is appropriate for all age levels and we encourage all to attend. Tickets are $8.00 ahead of time and $10.00 at the door. Performance will run no longer than 2 hours. Please call the studio with any additional questions (508) 881-5109. Tickets may be purchased through performance company members or in the studio office. We look forward to seeing you there.




Southborough Boy Scout Troop 1 will host its annual "All You Can Eat" Pancake Breakfast at the Neary School, Parkerville Road, on Sunday, March 1st, from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. This year marks the 40th annual breakfast.

The breakfast is a popular town event serving nearly 500 people last year. Proceeds help fund the troop’s activities such as the scouts camping, hiking, cycling, canoeing, summer camp and various community service projects.

Tickets can be purchased for $5.00 (seniors and children ages 6 to 12, $3.00) from Troop 1 Boy Scouts and will be available at the door. For tickets or additional information, email Troop1PancakeBreakfast@gmail.com.

Winter storm watch remains in effect from Sunday evening through Monday afternoon,

A winter storm watch remains in effect from Sunday evening through Monday afternoon.
This winter storm watch includes most of southern new England except for Nantucket.
While light snow or sleet brushes portions of southern new England Sunday, a more significant storm appears likely for Sunday night into at least mid to late morning Monday.
Snow will likely begin overspreading southern new England Sunday evening then become heavy at times overnight Sunday night into Monday morning. The exact track of this storm is still a bit uncertain, and therefore the axis of maximum snowfall may still need to be adjusted east or west. However, at this time, the potential certainly exists for 6 or more inches of snowfall by Monday morning for most locations in southern new England. The snow will taper off Monday morning or early Monday afternoon. This should allow for the Monday morning rush hour to be quite treacherous as roads will be snow covered and visibilities low.
A map of tentative snow fall expectations, is posted on the national weather service taunton home page.
While it should be mostly snow across a good portion of southern new England, a mix of snow and sleet is forecast to occur for a time along the i-95 corridor from Boston to providence and eastward. The exact track of the low will determine exactly how far west the sleet makes it. A further east track will mean less sleet and more snow. A further west track means more sleet and less snow. At this time, most of the sleet is expected to occur across far southeastern Massachusetts. Some rain may mix in across the outer cape and the islands.
Blowing and drifting snow could also occur on Monday as the pressure gradient tightens up.
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 3/1/09

No Scheduled Events

AVRTHS Sports 3/1/09

No Scheduled Events

Swarm of Bees

February 27, 2009 - Honeybees begin to swarm in an opening on a tree.


Special Education Parent Advisory Council



Please join us for the following presentation:

Hand Skills and Handwriting:

Why Are They Important?


Karen Conrad, PhD, OTR/L

 What are the developmental milestones needed for good hand


 Why teach hand skills and handwriting?

 What is the ideal way to teach handwriting?

 Can a poor pencil grip be changed?

 Is handwriting important in the computer age?

Date: March 12, 2009

Time: 6:45-9:00 p.m.

Place: Trottier Middle School Library

49 Parkerville Road, Southborough

Meeting Open to Everyone

No RSVP Required

About the presenter:

Karen Conrad, Ph.D., OTR/L is an occupational therapist with over 30 years of experience

working with school aged children. She is a founder and co-owner of Therapro, Inc, a catalog

company that provides products to people with special needs, publishes books, evaluations and

activities and offers free seminars. She obtained her Doctoral Degree from Boston University and

her Master’s Degree from University of Wisconsin.

NSPAC is a parent run group supported by our school districts and special education staff. Our goal is to offer resources, support and

advocacy for parents with children at all stages of the special education process. Our meetings are open to all residents of

Northborough/ Southborough and the surrounding communities, educators and administrators. Contact: nspac@nspac.org

Fire Log

Friday 2/20/09






Saturday 2/21/09




Sunday 2/22/09



Monday 2/23/09


Melting Snows

February 27, 2009 - Finally warmer weather means melting snows, at least until the next snowstorm.

SATELLITE DEBRIS UPDATE:  US Strategic Command is still cataloguing debris from the Feb. 10th collision of Iridium 33 and Kosmos 2251 over northern Siberia.  Orbits have been measured for more than 350 fragments.  Check today's edition of http://spaceweather.com for maps showing how the debris has scattered in the space around Earth.

PRETTY SKY ALERT:    When the sun goes down tonight (Friday, Feb. 27th) step outside and look west.  Venus and the crescent Moon are having a beautiful close encounter in the sunset sky.  If you point a small telescope at the pair, you will see that Venus, like the Moon, is a crescent.  The phases of the two are almost the same, adding an extra dimension of beauty to an already lovely show.  Don't miss it!


ARHS Sports 2/28/09

Girls Varsity Gymnastics @ STATE MEET @SHREWSBURY HIGH SCHOOL   4:00PM

AVRTHS Sports 2/28/09

Girls Varsity Basketball VS Sutton High School   7:00PM
When's Springtime?

February 26, 2009 - Getting ready for spring and ready to go.

Representative Dykema to Hold Office Hours

Boston- Representative Carolyn Dykema will be holding evening office hours at the Holliston Town Hall on March 16 from 6 to 7:30pm. Any resident who wishes to speak with the Representative and is unable to attend Office Hours should feel free to contact the office at (617) 722-2425 or e-mail leah.robins@state.MA.US to set up a personal appointment.

March 16 6-7:30pm Holliston Town Hall

703 Washington Street

Holliston MA 01746

Dennis Francis Wrenn



Dennis Francis Wrenn, age 58, of North Grafton died unexpectedly on February 20, 2009 in Athens, Greece. At the time of his death, Mr. Wrenn was leading his award winning Algonquin Regional High School Jazz Band on a winter concert tour.

He leaves behind life-long friend and mother of his children, Elizabeth Johnson of Auburn; his children, Jessica Still and husband, Bradley of Auburn; Elizabeth Nichols and her husband John, of Shrewsbury; and son, Scott Wrenn, and his wife Brooke, of Auburn. In addition he leave four grandchildren whom he dearly loved: Wyatt Lyons, Travis Nichols, John-John Nichols and Madison Wrenn. Dennis also leaves his mother, Mary Wrenn of South Grafton; brother Stephen Wrenn and wife Linda of North Grafton; brother Daniel Wrenn and wife Michelle of Worcester; also, nephews Patrick Wrenn and Bryan Wrenn of Grafton, Andrew Wrenn of Worcester and niece, Jennifer Wrenn of Worcester; sister-in-law Margaret Spinner of Boxboro; nephew Kevin Spinner of San Francisco, California; niece Karen Spinner of San Francisco, California; brother-in law, William S. Dearden of Auburn; and mother-in law, Anne Yvonne Dearden of Auburn.

Born in Worcester, Dennis, a graduate from Grafton High School, earned his Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and a Masters Degree in Education Administration from Worcester State College. He was a consummate music educator for more than 32 years with 28 years engaged in teaching the bands, orchestras and small ensembles at the Algonquin Regional High School in Northborough, MA. Dennis loved his school, his school students, and knew how to bring the best abilities out of everyone.

Dennis was a positive personality whose cell-phone ring-tone, "Always Look On the Bright Side of Life" (The Life of Brian/Spamalot) epitomized his enthusiasm for living. Dennis lived life with commitment and gusto and was involved in every aspect of teaching and learning. School, music, and the well being of children were central to his core of existence.

Dennis thoroughly enjoyed fatherhood and family life too. He supported his children during their childhood in dance competitions, music lessons, and traveled many miles to various baseball tournaments and arts competitions to cheer his children on. In addition to the many performances, award ceremonies, athletic events, and graduations he attended, Dennis enjoyed spending time with his family on holidays and other celebratory events. He enjoyed capturing all moments with his camera. Dennis, a season ticket holder to the Bruins for over 20 years, loved sharing games with members of his family and his friends alike.

Dennis was known throughout the music and theatre communities of Massachusetts and New England. Through the years, he literally worked with thousands of students and adults in various music and theatre venues ranging from school events, district and state competitions, community theatre, college concerts, church music, and professional "gigs". Dennis also worked as the Music Director for the King Richard's Faire in Carver.

Dennis' volunteer work involved many leadership positions in organizations such as the Massachusetts Music Educators Association, Central District Music, International Association of Jazz Educators, and the Massachusetts Instrumental Conductors' Association. He served as guest conductor in many New England All State and District Concerts. Dennis was honored on many occasions as Jazz Educator of the Year, Outstanding Music Educator and his performing groups earned first place trophies in many competitions locally, in New England and nationally.

Vacations for Dennis usually meant leading student musicians on performance trips in the United States and Europe. Music and student musical achievement was a focus that amped Dennis throughout his life. He was always there for everyone right until the end.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time, as the family is awaiting the return of his body from Greece.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Northborough-Southborough Music Association c/o Algonquin Regional High School, 79 Bartlett Street, Northborough, MA 01532, for a scholarship in Dennis' name.

The Britton-Wallace Funeral Home of Auburn is assisting the family with the arrangements.


New ARHS Principal Announced

Dr. Charles Gobron has announced that Tom Mead current assistant principal at Andover High School will become Algonquin Regional High School’s newest principal beginning July 1, 2009. Mr. Mead will replace outgoing principal Ned Gallagher whose contract was not renewed last year. In the meantime, ARHS vice principal John Harrington has taken a position as principal of the Littleton High School.

Ice Pick

February 26, 2009 - Ice Safety picks are worn around the collar by ice rescuers and ice fisherman. Venturing onto icy ponds and waterways is most dangerous at this time of year as the sun gets warmer and begins to melt the ice and ice edge. From Fish and Wildlife:


As the winter months come to a close, the variable temperatures experienced in the state in the past week means the condition of ice on the Bay State's waterbodies is unpredictable and could be treacherous. Outdoor enthusiasts need 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 http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/recreation/ice_safety.htm.  Clear, blue ice is the strongest ice. Slush or snow (white) ice is only one-half the strength of blue ice and can be very treacherous. "Honeycombed" ice, which occurs in the spring or during major winter thaws as the ice is melting, is the most dangerous ice. This type of ice is best avoided unless you are certain there is a safe layer of solid ice beneath the honeycombed surface.

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 because 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 house. Don't drive home in wet clothes!

If a companion falls through the ice remember the phrase "Reach-Throw-Go." If you are unable to reach your friend, 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. Pet owners should keep 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 victims themselves when trying to save their pets.


If you feed birds and live in northern Middlesex County, Worcester County, or western Massachusetts, it’s time to think about removing bird feeders before bears emerge from hibernation. With the snow melting and longer day length, bears are will soon be leaving their winter dens. To avoid possible seasonal conflicts between people and bears in central and western Massachusetts, the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) is issuing its seasonal reminder that bird feeders should be taken down by mid-March and other preventive steps be taken. "There is little in the way of natural foods and bears learn to seek out high-energy human foods such as bird seed," says Jim Cardoza, MassWildlife Bear Project Leader. "This may lead to conflicts that pose hazards to both bears and people." Massachusetts is home to approximately 3,000 resident bears, with the majority living west of the Connecticut River. Bears also reside as far east as Worcester County and in northern Middlesex County.

Bears have excellent long-term memories and remember which foods are available at different seasons, as well as where these foods can be found. Even if a feeder is inaccessible to bears, they will be attracted by the scent of seed and suet. Once they learn the location of these foods, bears will return. Bears are typically shy and fearful of people, but deliberate feeding or indirect availability of human food, coupled with a lack of harassment can cause bears to become accustomed to people. If bears lose their fear of people and develop a taste for human foodstuffs, bears can become bolder and may cause damage that ultimately results in harm to people or to the demise of the animal.

If a bear is passing through a neighborhood without stopping, enjoy the sight. However, if the bear stops to feed on trash, bird seed, or other human generated foods, remove those foods after the bear has left and advise neighbors to do the same. Due to their fear of people, bears tend to leave a yard when people step outside and make noise. Keep garbage in airtight containers, securely stored in a cellar, garage, or shed. Put trash at roadside the day of trash pickup, not the previous evening. Keep doors to sheds and barns latched or locked to prevent bears from finding grain, sweet, or meaty foods. Refrain from feeding pets outdoors. Do not deposit sweet or meaty items in compost piles as bears will soon find them. In residential areas where bears are known to be present, the entire neighborhood must take recommended actions or bears will move from yard to yard seeking food. Cardoza noted that taking these actions also reduces problems with other common wildlife species such as coyotes, raccoons, skunks, and foxes. For more black bear information, go to http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/wildlife/living/living_with_bears.htm.

Last year, Southborough experienced a Bear that made a circle around town destroying bird feeders.  It happened to be the same week a moose was spotted on route 9 near Wendys.

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ARHS Sports 2/27/09

No sports scheduled

AVRTHS Sports 2/27/09

Boys Varsity Basketball @ DISTRICTS AT WHITINSVILLE   7:00PM
Congratulations T-Hawks on an outstanding Year

February 26, 2009 - The Scores:  Barnstable 142.450  Algonquin 142.250.  So close, missing just by tenths.  The Midwatch League Champs came in as All Around: Amanda Hubley #3, Helen Yang # 5, Kelsey Henningson 26.  Vault: Amanda Hubley # 2, Nicole Henry 19 T, Rhian Dugan # 24 T, Abby Campbell # 24 T and Helen Yang # 32T.  In the Parallel Bars Helen Yang # 2, Sammi Andrews 4th T, Amanda Hubley # 10, Sarah Cooperman 28 T, Rhian Duggan 45 % and Emily Rutan 60 T.  On the floor was Emily Rutan #2, Helen Yang #5T, Kelsey Henningson and Rhian Duggan tying for #10 and Amanda Hubley at 14 T.  The balance beam saw Emily Rutan # 5, Amanda Hubley tied at 11, Helen Yang tied at 14, Sammi Andrews at 18, Kelsey Henningson 19 and Nicole Henry tied for 46.  Congratulations on a job well done!

MIAA Ski Results for ARHS


The Algonquin Regional High School Ski team recently competed at Berkshire East in the MIAA State Alpine Championships.  The Boys team placed 8th and the girls overall placed 6th.  In the Boys slalom Colin Proctor came in 22, Colin Beaumont 58 and Alex Carlucci 75.  In the Giant Slalom Colin Proctor was 7th, Colin Beaumont 57th and Alex Carlucci 68.  The Girls Slalom placings were Sheridan Sleeper 27th, Laura Krause 51, Kelsey McGowen 57 and Gillian Carlucci 68.  In the giant slalom, ARHS students placed 29 Sheridan Sleeper, 36 Alisa McGowen, 65 Gillian Carlucci and 76 Kelsey McGowan.

Hill Terrain

February 25, 2009 - Looking like country.  A distant view over the crop fields of Chestnut Hill over toward the City of Marlborough.

T-Hawks Had a Great Season Run

Relay For Life of Northboro-Southboro
Find out how YOU can make a difference in the fight against cancer!!

Team Captain Meeting
Tuesday, March 3rd 2009
Woodward Elementary School

For more information please contact Kathleen Kelly at Kathleen.Kelly@cancer.org



Southborough Boy Scout Troop 1 will host its annual "All You Can Eat" Pancake Breakfast at the Neary School, Parkerville Road, on Sunday, March 1st, from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. This year marks the 40th annual breakfast.

The breakfast is a popular town event serving nearly 500 people last year. Proceeds help fund the troop’s activities such as the scouts camping, hiking, cycling, canoeing, summer camp and various community service projects.

Tickets can be purchased for $5.00 (seniors and children ages 6 to 12, $3.00) from Troop 1 Boy Scouts and will be available at the door. For tickets or additional information, email Troop1PancakeBreakfast@gmail.com.

Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School

215 Fitchburg Street
Marlborough, MA 01752

Post Grad Tech Training Info Session

Thursday, Feb 26
9-10 am
Anyone interested in the daytime Post Grad Technical programs should attend this information session.

Meet Benny White (Massachusetts 54th  Rgmt)

Saturday February 28

10 am - 3 pm

Stony Brook Museum, Inc. will sponsor a series of programs and an impressive collection of artwork depicting the role of the African-American people in our nations military. The collection, belonging to the Buffalo Soldier Heritage, Inc., Southborough, Massachusetts, will be described in detail by knowledgeable “troopers” attired in period Indian Campaign (1866-1890) uniforms. Supported by a display of many books and other materials, the collection offers a fresh new look into American History. The history, stories, sacrifices and contributions of these soldiers from early colonial and revolutionary days to the present day in the service of protecting America are presented as an educational experience for all to enjoy.

Programs will be hosted by the Southborough Historical Society in the museum located at 25 Common Street, Southborough, Massachusetts. They are to be held on two Saturdays each month, 10 AM - 3 PM. A guest speaker will be at each presentation, a fireside chat format (hourly for 15 to 20 min duration). We would encourage visitors to ask questions of our staff and speakers as they view the exhibits in the small museum.


Update on Sparkles

This article was just posted on the Tulsa Public School website. Sparkles is being credited with helping save the lives of two children and their families.

Sparkles had the time of her life. It was a great day and a wonderful way to reinforce fire safety messaging as well as to recognize the two girls that were able to get their families out safely because of what they learned from the book, Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog. More information, including videos and newscasts from the day's event will be posted at http://www.childrensbookauthordaynahilton.blogspot.com over the next few days.


ARHS Sports 2/26/09

 Boys Varsity Basketball @ QUARTER FINALS VS ST. JOHN`S @ST. JOHN`S   7:00PM

AVRTHS Sports 2/26/09

No sports scheduled

Sports Safety Summit
Sunday, March 29, 2009
The Fay School - Southborough,MA

Youth sport coaches,administrators and parents should plan to attend this event!„ In conjunction with Southborough Recreation, The Fay School welcomes an all-star cast to provide information about sport safety issues and youth sports as well as CPR/AED and First Aid Training.

Youth Sports Injuries and Recovery ÏWhy a Child is Not a Small Adult
Dr. David C. Ayers
Dr. Ayers of Southborough is professor and chair of the Department of Orthopedics & Physical Rehabilitation at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and UMass Memorial Medical Center and has served on the editorial board of Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and Techniques in Knee Surgery.

Brain Injury & Concussions InYouth Sports / ImPACT Testing
Dr. Michael S. Sefton
Michael S. Sefton is a specialist in traumatic brain injury and concussion in pediatric patients and teaches at University of Massachusetts Ï Boston and the Massachusetts Emergency Care Training Agency. He offers consultation andliaison with schools and teams throughout Massachusetts and New England in concussion management.„ Dr. Sefton is also a former Shrewsbury Youth Hockey coach and now serves the public schools in Northbridge and Whitinsville, MA.


Lightening Safety and Emergency Planning
John Mauro, Jr FireChief  Southborough Fire Department„„„„„„„„„„„
Chief Mauro is in charge of the emergency response and crisis planning in Southborough and as a part ofthe Emergency Trauma Network. He will discuss managing an outdoor sports venue relative to emergency planning and lightening safety.

Sports Roundtable Ï MRSA, EnergyDrinks and Supplements
Dr. David C. Ayers

„Kim Chorosiewski, MEd, CSCS, CMAA
Chorosiewski is the Director of Athletics and Special Programs at the Fay School and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). She has coached boys and girls at all levels in various sports including as a collegiate coach (Division I) as well as internationally, serving as Head Lacrosse Coach for Scotland Women?s lacrosse through the 2004 World Cup.„Additionally, she trains local youth athletes in preparation for sports competition and focuses on youth training and conditioning.

Leanne Govoni, RN, MEd- Director of Health Services, The Fay School

Please mail or email application to:

Southborough Recreation

21 Highland Street

Southborough, MA 01772

508-229-4452 or„ FAX: 508-485-7189

Register online (for additionalfee):

Leading the Way

February 24, 2009 = A youngster that accompanied the nature hike at Chestnut Hill Farm led the way through the wooded trails most of the time.

Rolling on the Rocks

February 24, 2009 - The Sudbury River rolls past ice caps and boulders after flowing over the Cordaville Millpond.

The Movement Project Performance Company

of Annemarie's Dance Centre Announces Annual Concert:


February 28, 2008 at 7:30

Keefe Technical High School

Framingham, MA

  18 of the studio's accomplished dancers take the stage for one night only in the performance of Reflection, the Movement Project's annual concert. Choreography was created by Annemarie Fairhurst, Amanda Belanger, Jenny Carlson, Jill Jackson, Chrissy Reynolds and Sarah Zakrzewski. This year will also feature student work choreographed by Alex Anastos, Carolyn Maiorana, Natasha El-Massih and Crystal Pratt. The performance is appropriate for all age levels and we encourage all to attend. Tickets are $8.00 ahead of time and $10.00 at the door. Performance will run no longer than 2 hours. Please call the studio with any additional questions (508) 881-5109. Tickets may be purchased through performance company members or in the studio office. We look forward to seeing you there.


The Worcester County Conservation District Seedling Sale will run through March 27. In response to the Asian longhorned beetle problem and the December ice storm, the sale offers many trees and shrubs suitable to replace those lost or damaged. For more information and to place an order, call (508) 829-0168, ext. 131 or 193, or visit www.seedlingsale.org


School Notes

A page has been set up as a memorial to ARHS Music Director Mr. Dennis Wrenn, click here


Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School:


Spaghetti Supper and Silent Auction Benefit — The AZTECHS robotics team plans a Spaghetti Supper fundraiser in Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School’s main cafeteria, 215 Fitchburg St., Marlborough. The public is invited to enjoy a pasta dinner, including beverage and dessert, for a donation of only $7 each, or a family of four for $20. Senior citizens and young children also have discounted prices. The dinner will be served from 5:30 to 7 p.m., followed by a Silent Auction of autographed sports memorabilia and a variety of gift items and gift certificates. All proceeds will benefit the robotics team. For more information on the dinner or to purchase tickets in advance, call Charlene Bishop at 508-485-9430, ext. 210. Checks can be made payable to the Assabet Valley Education Foundation.



ARHS Sports 2/25/09

No Sports Scheduled

AVRTHS Sports 2/25/09

Girls Varsity Basketball VS Lunenburg High School   7:00PM
Southborough station

February 24, 2009 - The Southborough station platform sits empty awaiting passengers to embark or debark from the commuter trains.  The Cordaville icon, Fitzgerald's General Store is in the background.

COSMIC COINCIDENCE: What are the odds? On Tuesday, Feb. 24th, Saturn and Comet Lulin will converge in the constellation Leo only 2 degrees apart. At the same time, Comet Lulin will be making its closest approach to Earth--the comet at its best!-- while four of Saturn's moons transit the disk of the ringed planet in view of backyard telescopes. Oh, and the Moon will be New, providing dark skies for anyone who wishes to see the show.

The best time to look is around 1 a.m. Tuesday morning (your local time) when the planet-comet combo ascend high in the southern sky. To the unaided eye, Comet Lulin looks like a faint patch of gas floating next to golden Saturn. Point your backyard telescope at that patch and you will see a lovely green comet with a double tail.

Visit http://spaceweather.com for full coverage including photos, sky maps, and a live webcast.

Geographic Notes: Comet Lulin is visible from all parts of the globe--all longitudes and both hemispheres. Directions are reversed in the southern hemisphere; there the comet is located in the northern sky around 1 am.  Saturn is globally visible, too, but the special quadruple transit of Saturn's moons starting around 3 a.m. PST on Feb. 24th is visible only to observers around the Pacific Rim.  Details may be found here: http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2009/19feb_quadrupletransit.htm

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

Don't Miss. . .

The 2009 Southborough Rotary Club

Talent Show

Friday, March 6, 2009, 7:00 p.m.

Trottier Middle School Auditorium

Don't miss it!!!

To order tickets, email:

subject line: "Talent Show Tickets", number of tickets
and any preferences

Tickets may be purchased and picked up at school, March 4th-6th, 7:00-9:00 a.m., in the front lobby

Tickets are $10.00 on-line or $15.00 at the door

Proceeds of the Talent Show will be used
to update and expand the collection of
the Trottier Middle School Library Media Center

Please arrive by 6:30 p.m. to pick up or purchase tickets

     Don't miss your chance

to see a great show


support our community!

Southborough School Notes

2/25 Regional School Committee Meeting 7:00 PM ARHS

2/29 7:00 pm ARHS
Variety Show –Class of 2009

3/4 12:00 Noon-10:00 pm ARHS
High School Jazz District Festival

Raking them in

February 23, 2009 - Dino pushes the empty cans and bottles around to make more room at the Can corral at the transfer station.

Revels Repertory
"An American Journey"
Sunday, March 1 at 2 pm


The Revels Repertory Company presents
“An American Journey,” Through Music, Dance, and Narrative

The Revels Repertory Company presents "An American Journey," in a special performance at the Museum on Sunday, March 1 at 2 pm. The story, told through music, dance, and narrative, takes place in 1907, when more people immigrated to the United States than in any other year.  Although it focuses on the Irish, the Italians and the Eastern European Jews, it honors the struggles of all who left their homelands to journey to America and a new life.

Tickets are  $12.50/adult and $6/child for non-members. For Museum members, and residents of LCC-sponsoring communities (Bedford, Lexington, and Lincoln), tickets are $10/adult; $5/child. Get tickets online, call 781-861-6559, or at the door. The Museum is located at 33 Marrett Road in Lexington, MA.

The Revels touring ensemble, Revels Rep, brings the group's joyful programs to public venues and schools throughout southern New England. Based on historic, seasonal and cultural themes, the ensemble’s original programs include traditional music, drama, dance, storytelling, and audience participation.

4H Livestock Club

Bourdon's Backyard Barnyard meeting is March 8th, Davco Farms, Breakneck Hill Road, Southborough.

John B. "Jack" Folsom

1931 - 2009

John B. "Jack" Folsom, 77, died of cancer on Jan. 17, 2009, at his home in Sharon, Vt.

Mr. Folsom was born Dec. 26, 1931, in New Haven, Conn., the son of the late Dr. Hugh F. and Mary D. Folsom.

At an early age, his family moved to Southborough and later Framingham, Mass. Mr. Folsom's education included Fay School in Southborough and Phillips Exeter Academy, from which he graduated in 1949. He went on to major in English at Yale, graduating in 1953.

Immediately after college, Mr. Folsom married Marlene, now Marlene Folsom, of Framingham, and the couple moved to live and work in New York. He worked for a year as a passenger agent for W.R. Grace cruise ship line before deciding upon a career of teaching. For that, the couple moved to California for graduate work at UC Berkeley, where he earned an M.A. in English in 1956. He finished his Ph.D. in 1961 after a year of research in England and two years as an instructor in English at Boston University.

At that point, Mr. Folsom and his wife moved with Sam, their first child, to live and work at Anatolia College in Thessaloniki, Greece. Their second child, Lili, was born there in 1962.

In 1963, the family returned to the United States and lived in eastern Massachusetts for seven years while he taught English once again at Boston University. In 1970, the family moved to Bozeman, this time for his teaching and research in literature at Montana State University. They lived in Montana for 25 years, retiring in 1994 and moving back to New England in 1995. Living in Sharon, Vt., they enjoyed gardening and foreign travel in the years following.

Mr. Folsom is survived by his daughter, Lili Batchelder of Gloucester, Mass.; his son, Sam Folsom of San Mateo, Calif.; three grandchildren; and his sister, Margaret Coty of Brattleboro, Vt.

No funeral services are planned.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756.


ARHS Sports 2/24/09


AVRTHS Sports 2/24/09

Boys Varsity Basketball @ University Park Campus   7:00PM


FRIDAY, MARCH 11th -- 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.


All Trottier students are encouraged to participate. Just return a pledge sheet and that's your ticket! (Pledge sheets will be handed out to students at the assembly -- OR click on the links on this page to get a pledge sheet on-line!!)


This is Trottier SOS's only major fundraiser. The money raised is used for field trips, special assemblies, cultural arts, speakers, and more!!!


It's a Trottier Middle School tradition!! We have fun while we help raise money for our school programs.


Trottier Middle School Gym, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, March 11th.
For more information, read on! If you would like to help the day of the event, please call a committee member. (Call the school for the names of committee members.) We need help selling snacks, tallying games and refereeing!!! Thank you!!!

Don't miss it!!!

The Volleyball Marathon is Trottier SOS's major fundraising event. This event helps your child in many ways. Help us reach our goal of $23,000.00 for educational activities, cultural programs and field trips that are not covered by the school budget!!!

Early Bird Registration about to run out

Earlybird online registration for the 2009 season is now open! Earlybird registration is only $100! Earlybird registration will end on 2/28/09. The registration fee will be $150 after this date.



Ice Rescue Drill

February 22, 2009 - Several area town firefighters trained with the Southborough Fire Department yesterday.  Instructors from the Massachusetts Fire Fighting Academy based in Stow came out to Southborough to teach the hands on drill.  Southborough is nearly one third water with the Sudbury Reservoir, Sudbury River and Mill Pond and several other local small ponds and streams.  Firefighters attended indoor class in the morning and then moved to the Sudbury Reservoir on Parkerville Road.  The training teaches firefighters about the newest equipment and techniques for ice rescues.  Several of the instructors took Southborough's two representatives, Carolyn Dykema and Danielle Gregoire, out on the ice for a close up view of the dangers firefighters and rescuers face during ice rescues.  Representative Dykema even suited up to become a "victim".

Chestnut Hill Hike

February 22, 2009 - About a dozen hikers, including MySouthborough blog writer Susan, braved rainy skies to check out the trails today at Chestnut Hill Farm.  The trek was sponsored by the Southborough Recreation Department and the Southborough Open Space Commission.  Onlookers check out the various tracks in the mud.

Southborough Veteran's Dinner

February 22, 2009 - VFW Commander Steve Whynot addresses the crowd.  The photos are up on the Veteran's page.  Click the above photo to link to that page.  Click the small thumbnail photos to enlarge them. 

Southborough meetings

February 23 - February 28, 2009





ADVISORY COMMITTEE Feb 23 7:30PM Upper Hall Cordaville Hall
MUNICIPAL FACILITIES COMMITTEE Feb 23 6:30 PM Memorial Hall Fire Station
Feb 23 7:00 PM Hearing Room Town House
BOARD OF ASSESSORS Feb 25 9:00 AM Hearing Room Town House
Feb 25 6:45 PM Hearing Room Town House
Community Preservation Feb 26 7:00 PM Upper Hall Cordaville Hall
Conservation Commission Feb 26 7:00 PM Hearing Room Town House
MBTA Triangle Committee Feb 26 7:30 PM Country Kitchen Cordaville Hall

Senior Schedule

Monday 23

Tuesday 24

Wednesday 25

Thursday 26

Friday 27

8:30 am Health Clinic

9:30 Tai Chi

  9:30 Pool 8:30 Health Clinic


9:30 Cribbage

11:00 Senior Singers

10:00 Creative Writers 9:30  Mah Jongg 11:30 No Movie Bag lunch
12:00 Lunch

12:00 Lunch

11:30 Ministeral Man singalong 12:00 Lunch 12:00 Lunch 
12:00 Blue Plate Special 12:30 Pitch 12:00 Lunch  12:30 Pitch 1:00 Water Aerobics
2:00 Fitness 1:00 water aerobics 2:00 PM Fitness 1:00 PM bridge 1:00 Bingo



Senior Center open @ 9:00 AM Saturdays


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.


February (sorry no blue plates in January during renovation):

Provided by TJ’s of Ashland

Most meals include: veggies, rolls, coffee, soda, and desert

Suggested Donation: $5.00

February 23rd ..............................Meatloaf



By Apple-Spice Junction Catering. $5.00 suggested donation

Every week alternate choice: Turkey Sandwich

Please call by the Wednesday before to order a lunch

Feb. 27 ...........Club Sandwich with potato salad or Tuna

No Movie .......there will be Bingo!


Sunday 22 Monday 23 Tuesday 24 Wednesday 25 Thursday 26 Friday 27 Saturday 28
    10:30 AM story time 2-5 year olds

6:30 PM 2nd & 3rd grade book club

10:30 story time 2- 5 years

6:30  4th & 5th grade book club

11:00 Toddler Time    

ARHS Sports 2/23/09

No Sports Scheduled

AVRTHS Sports 2/23/09

No Sports Scheduled

The Algonquin Regional High School

Wrestling Team Sponsors:

“A Night of Comedy and Improv Smack Down”

with Tom Franck and the ARHS Improvisation group

Tom Franck, a Professional Los Angeles comedian

seen on Comedy Central, will host the event and

close the evening with his refreshing and family

oriented stand up comedy act


Where: The Trottier Middle School Auditorium

Southborough, MA

When: Monday, February 23 at 7:00 PM

Adults: $12

Students: $5

Tickets available at the door

*This show is rated PG-13 & children without an

Algonquin ID must be accompanied by Parent