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Above: Southborough Little League is putting on a clinic this summer. They’re also inviting the public to attend one team’s game this week. (photo right contributed)

Southborough Little League asked me to share some of their summer news.

The youth league is promoting a clinic coming up in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, they’re encouraging youth baseball lovers to come out in support of Southborough’s All Stars this week.

Baseball Clinic

SLL is organizing a baseball clinic for 7-10 year olds. The clinic will be held the week of August 16th at their Mooney baseball complex at Finn School. The four day clinic costs $150 per player.

Here are the details:

We would like to keep the excitement going and have made a partnership with HitQuarters in Shrewsbury to run a summer clinic the week of August 16th. We will host this session at the Mooney complex so you will not need to travel far and all we ask for you to bring is your glove, bat, and helmet.

This clinic will be for 7 – 10 year olds (baseball age born between 9/1/10 and 8/31/14) who are looking to further develop their current skills. We will break the players out into age appropriate groups and focus on basic fundamentals across all facets of the game – base-running, fielding, catching, throwing, and hitting. Each day will have a different focus area and will wrap with some formal game play.

The clinic will run Monday – Thursday (8/16-8/19) from 9:00 – 1:00. We will have max of 6 players per coach and the session will be run by professional development staff from our partners at HitQuarters.

Please email with any questions, thanks!

All Stars in Tournament Final

Southborough All Stars age 10 (contributed photo)

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The public is invited to cheer on Southborough’s 10 year old All Stars team tomorrow night. The team is playing in the finals of the Northborough/Southborough tournament against Charlton.

The team considers Charlton “their nemesis” since they beat them out in the District championships. (The All Stars were runners-up.) Now the players are looking at tomorrow as “a rematch of epic proportions”. 

The game is Wednesday, August 4th at 7:30 pm. They’ll be playing at Casey field in Northborough (61 E Main St #29)


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Above: The public is invited to explore the “Mending” themed art exhibit at Beals Preserve this summer, and/or check out their photo gallery. If inspired, maybe you’ll also answer their call for poetry to include in this year’s collection. (thumbnails cropped from the AOT Gallery)

If you haven’t checked out this summer’s Art on the Trail, it’s beckoning. And if you have a flair for poetry writing, organizers are hoping you’ll hear the siren’s call.

That doesn’t mean you have to hike the trail to answer the call.

Each year, Art on the Trails asks the public to submit ekphrastic poetry, written specifically about or inspired by the installations in the exhibition. Submissions are then reviewed and the top 25 selected for inclusion in the annual chapbook. (You can find ordering information for the 2020 chapbook here.) Poets whose work is selected will also be invited to read the poems at the closing ceremony at Beals Preserve on September 26th.

AOT organizers are reminding the public of their call for poetry inspired by the works. And they’re noting that it’s open to those who can’t visit the exhibit:

If you can’t get to Beals Preserve, you can view the works here. Please read the submission guidelines. We are looking for poems about specific works in the show. You can also view videos about the work on our Instagram account @artonthetrails

The gallery features photos of the exhibit along with details about artists’ technique and/or intent.

In case you haven’t been to the exhibit this summer, below are more details.

Artistic works are installed in 18 locations throughout Beals Preserve. (Scroll down for details and map.) The theme for this year’s exhibit is Mending:

art projects that bring people together and heal. Like Kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by joining the pieces with gold, and making the pottery stronger and more valuable in the process, artists are asked to consider how we can repair our fractured world through art and make our community and relationships stronger and more resilient.

This year’s poetry collection will be judged by Tianli Kilpatrick, editor for the Worcester Review. Submissions are being accepted through Sunday, August 8th. (Click here for the submission link.)

For those of you who are planning to hit the trails, you may want to bring a smart phone. This year, multiple exhibitors have included QR codes on their exhibit signs for a more interactive experience.

Below is the list of exhibits from the map with more detail on the artists. (For the map, click image below right or here for the pdf.)  [click to keep reading…]


Obituary: Paul J. Berry, 92

by beth on August 3, 2021

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Paul J. Berry, 92, a life long resident of Fayville, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 1, 2021 after a period of declining health.

Born in Fayville, he was the son of the late Maria (Dallavalle) and Batista Berri.

Paul attended the former Fayville School on Oak Hill Road, a one room school house and went on to the former Peter’s High School. He was a WW II Army veteran serving in the Pacific Theatre. Paul was the proprietor of several local businesses, Ye Old Meat Shoppe and Southborough Dairy, his belief of personalized customer service was the cornerstone of his businesses. He later worked as a Production Shift Supervisor for Breyer Ice Cream, a division of Kraft Foods, where he retired from. In 1969 Paul was elected as Southborough’s Town Clerk. and held the office until 2015 when he retired for the second time. He oversaw all of the local, state and federal elections, and regular and special town meetings. He was very proud of his time as Town Clerk and the citizens of Southborough were well served by him. As a Justice of the Peace and a Notary Public, Paul performed many marriages in locations from the Southborough Town Hall to the islands in the Caribbean – especially enjoyed the remote locations.

Paul was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Bagley Fay Post, Knights of Columbus, Phil Sheridan Council, former chair of the Southborough Democratic Town Committee, and member of Mass Town Clerks Association where he made numerous life long friends. He was a long time, proud member of the Fayville Athletic Association, and most recently it’s most senior member. He was many times the ‘chef in charge’ of the many Porchetta Dinners, that were held there.  [click to keep reading…]


Storyteller at the Library Friday morning

by beth on August 3, 2021

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This Friday morning, the Southborough Library is bringing back Storyteller Diane Edgecomb. In keeping with this year’s Summer Reading theme, she’ll be spinning tales about animals:

Storyteller flyer Who has the best tales in the world? Animals do! From folktales about adventurous monkeys to a true tale of a neighborhood squirrel that drives everyone NUTS we’ll have tons of participatory fun with Diane’s engaging stories about four-legged capers.

Winner of both the national and regional Circle of Excellence award for her storytelling, Diane is known for transforming into the characters in her tales bringing each story to vibrant life. “A storyteller in the grand tradition… Edgecomb is an entire cast rolled into one!” Publisher’s Weekly.

The event is 11:00 am on Friday, August 6th on the Library’s lawn. It’s free and open to the public with no registration required.

The fun is sponsored by The Friends of the Southborough Library.

(image from Edgecomb’s website)


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Above: Organizers of a fundraiser for the Historical Society are seeking participants to be involved in a tour of Southborough homes beautifully decorated for the holidays. (image cropped from contributed graphic)

In 2019, the Southborough Historical Society launched its first “annual” Holiday House Ideas Tour. Before the winter holidays, a special tour highlighted beautifully decorated homes to inspire others. Obviously the second year had to be put on hold. Now, organizers are recruiting volunteer homeowners to sign up to take part in the 2021 event.

Proceeds will benefit preservation efforts in town.

The fundraiser will take place the first Saturday in December:

The Southborough Historical Society is again hosting Southborough’s Annual Holiday House Ideas Tour and looking for homeowners interested in sharing their homes. The tour will take place on December 4, 2021 from 12pm-4pm.

As a homeowner on the tour, it is up to you to decide how to decorate your home. While ticket holders would love to see as much of the home as possible, homeowners may select the spaces they are comfortable having visitors tour. We are looking for over-the-top holiday decorating to get tour participants excited for the season.

The Holiday House Ideas Tour is a fundraising event for the Southborough Historical Society.

All proceeds directly support the Society’s mission of preservation.

If you are interested in showing your home on the tour or would like more information, please contact Kate Battles and Heather McDougall at


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Southborough’s youth rugby, the Eagles, had some good news to share. The teams competed in the Bay State Games on Saturday. Both the flag and tackle teams received silver medals. Also winning silver was the regional elementary program that Eagles has been partnering with, the New England Rugby Club.

Organizers shared their pride and some photos (below) from the day:

We are so proud of our players.  Due to some players being on vacation the team was a little short on subs so all the kids were playing a full game for all four of their games. It was a tough ask from the coaches but they all stepped up and played with smiles and enthusiasm. Great that Southborough has had so much success in a sport that is new to the town being High school State Champions and Middle School runners up in the State.



Covid Update: 9 cases in 14 days; 3 in isolation (Updated)

August 2, 2021 12:21:58 PM

As of this morning, the Southborough Board of Health is showing 4 residents in isolation for active cases of Covid-19. 

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Events this week: Teen Seed Starting, Outdoor Movie, Wellness Cooking, Storyteller, and more

August 2, 2021 11:13:18 AM
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Here are some highlights of events in and around Southborough this week.

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The week in government: Conservation Commission and more

August 2, 2021 09:57:48 AM
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Here is a selection of the committee and board meetings for the week along with my selected highlights from the agendas.

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Celebrate Barbara Jandrue’s Retirement from the Food Pantry – Sunday

August 2, 2021 09:24:21 AM
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The public is invited to celebrate the retirement of the longtime head of the Food Pantry.

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On the market this week in Southborough

July 30, 2021 02:03:50 PM
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What went on and off the market this week.

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Mini “blogcation”

July 28, 2021 11:40:01 AM
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I know there is more town news worth sharing, but I need to take some time off from the blog for personal reasons.

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Borrow Gardening Kits, Activity Kits, Chess Sets, Puzzles, Energy Meters, and Telescopes

July 28, 2021 11:37:25 AM
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The Southborough Library is promoting the circulation of items well beyond books.

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Sponsors sought for Rotary’s Food Truck Festival this fall

July 27, 2021 10:21:01 AM
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Southborough Rotary is seeking sponsors to help them bring the Food Truck Festival back to town for four weeks this fall.

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