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St. Mark’s Episcopal Church will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar on jam-packed Saturday, December 6th.

It’s a quick hop from downtown. So there’s plenty of time to check it out before or after Santa lands. The event will run from from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Parish Hall (map).

Admission to the bazaar is free. Inside this year is live music and a kids’ activity area.

But it’s really all about the fundraising sales. These include a White Elephant,  Jewelry, Toy, and Craft Sales, Silent Auction, Games of Chance, and more.

The secondhand clothing shop, The Bargain Box, will hold its annual “Bag Sale”. (Purchase as much clothing as you can fit into the bag for $5.)

It’s also a great place to grab lunch or a snack while you’re running around that day.

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Trail Clearing – December 6

by beth on November 25, 2014

The first weekend in December isn’t all about Christmas. There’s also an event for residents who don’t mind getting their hands dirty.

The Southborough Trails Committee is looking for help. Volunteers will clear the way for the rest of us to enjoy town trails.

20141125_trails_clearingOn December 6th, STC will be working to clear overgrowth on the Sudbury Reservoir Trail between Deerfoot and Parkerville roads.

The work will start at 10:00 am at Parkerville Road next to Fay fields.

Volunteers need to sign up in advance by contacting Southborough Recreation at dfergusan@southboroughma.com or 508-229-4452.

Be sure to prep and dress accordingly, including work gloves, eye protection, and a water bottle.

They’ll also be looking for volunteers to bring along rakes, loppers, and pruners.

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Annual Kids’ Shop – December 6

by beth on November 25, 2014

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Left: Surveying the goods at the Troop 92 Kids Shop (contributed photo)

Ask most people what the best annual shopping event is and they’ll probably say Black Friday. But for many kids in Southborough, the answer is the Annual Kids Shop.

Each year, kids look forward to Boy Scout Troop 92′s gift shop. At the Annual Kids Shop, children can buy gifts for their families (even pets) without parents’ prying eyes.

While waiting, adults can enjoy refreshments in the “cafe” area right outside the door.

The Woodward School Cafeteria is converted to a kid-safe department store. Tables are stocked with inexpensive items.

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Scouts personally escort children to help them select their gifts.

They even wrap the presents for free.

(And if you can’t trust the Boy Scouts to be honest about the kids’ change, who can you trust?)

This year’s Kids Shop will be held on Saturday, December 6 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Offerings include toys, puzzles, ornaments, candles, mugs, picture frames, date books, socks, games, calendars, tools, work gloves, bird feeders, flashlights, kitchen supplies, fleece blankets, pet toys, and more.

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December 6-7: Christmas in Southborough

by beth on November 24, 2014

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Above: Kids trimming the Southborough Library’s tree with their handmade ornaments is just one of the events planned for the weekend after next. (Photo by Susan Fitzgerald)

I am behind in sharing news on a whole lot of holiday activities planned for the first weekend in December.

I promise I’ll get to them with details. In the meantime, I wanted to make sure readers mark their calendars for the weekend.

Some of the annual events to look forward to the weekend after next:

  • Annual Kids Shop (run by Boy Scout Troop 92)
  • Christmas Bazaar by St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
  • Santa Day (with annual helicopter landing)
  • Christmas Tree Decorating Party for kids at the Library
  • Library’s Holiday Festivities for adults
  • Friends of the Library Holiday Book & Bag Sale
  • Handel’s Messiah concert at Pilgrim Church
  • St. Mark’s School’s Lessons and Carols service
  • Chestnut Hill Art and Gift Sale

And that’s just the holiday events. There’s also a high school musical, a town trailblazing effort, a school open house and more.

So, as you’re scheduling your plans for the busy holiday season, mark that weekend to stay in town!

If you’re too eager to wait for the individual posts – check out the Events Calendar page.

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Snow alert: Rethink your travel plans

by beth on November 24, 2014

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Emergency management agencies are warning folks to keep on top of the snow forecast when they travel this Wednesday. (Image posted to Flickr by Ruth and Dave)

There isn’t much going on in Southborough this week. So, it should be the ideal time to head out of town. (Especially, those of you bound for family gatherings.)

But, before hitting the road, you may want to rethink your travel schedule.

Southborough Emergency Management is sharing a warning about a snow storm forecast to hit Wednesday morning and last through Thanksgiving morning.

As I read the map, Southborough’s snowfall is forecast at  2-6 inches. What’s more concerning is the travel impact. Some towns north and west are expected to get up to 14 inches of snow. (Click map to enlarge.)

Neil Aspesi from SEM warns travelers to adjust their schedules:

[This storm] has two factors working against us. 1) It will be our first significant snow fall of the season & 2) It will strike on the busiest travel day of the year. . .

The State is strongly recommending that anyone planning on traveling by any means (especially by vehicle) adjust their plans accordingly to avoid being on the roads during the storm (travel either earlier or later). Also expect delays – so be physically and mentally prepared for a travel horrors as many others will be trying to cram in travel as well.

This isn’t the weather channel, so don’t look to me for the most up to date forecasts. This is just a warning for those of you traveling. Keep an eye on the weather and adjust your timing accordingly.

Included in SEM’s message were the following alerts for Wednesday’s weather:  [click to keep reading…]

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Toys for Tots collections in town

by beth on November 24, 2014

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As you do your holiday shopping this year, you might want to pick up an extra gift for a “tot”.

Since 1947, Marines have been collecting gifts for underprivileged children. If you are looking to make a contribution this year, here’s what you need to know.

Gifts should be new and unwrapped. They can be for ages anywhere from 1-16 years old.

Southborough Veterinary Hospital asked me to let you know they are collecting again this year.

Southborough Veterinary Hospital 

78 Deerfoot Road
Monday thru Friday, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm and Saturdays 8:00 am – 1:00 pm.
“Please help us put a smile on a child’s face this Christmas.” Deadline is December 14.

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Thanksgiving Day Rivalry

November 24, 2014 02:03:01 PM
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Algonquin’s Tomahawks will face off against Westborough on Thursday morning at 10:15 am.

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Events this week (11/24-11/30): School technology forum tonight, novel writing, and Gobble Wobble

November 24, 2014 12:23:18 PM
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Here are some highlights of events in and around Southborough this week.

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Obituary: Robert G. “Chip” Horne, 58

November 24, 2014 09:20:16 AM
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Robert G. “Chip” Horne, 58, of Southborough died suddenly Wednesday November 19, 2014 at his home.

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Southborough Library surveying feedback

November 24, 2014 07:30:00 AM
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The Southborough Library is looking for an update on what the town thinks about the library.

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Gobble Wobble: Sign up to run/walk, help or both

November 21, 2014 04:20:51 PM
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The Gobble Wobble is Friends of Southborough Recreation’s big annual fundraiser. It’s also a fun community event with a 5k race, 2k walk and fun runs for kids. It takes place on Thanksgiving Day (hence the name.)

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Weekend at a Glance: Artisan show, Senior’s Autumn Fair, Bubble Man, dodgeball, Coffeehouse and ski sale

November 21, 2014 02:19:10 PM
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A quick reminder of what’s happening around town this weekend.

If you want to get some holiday shopping out of the way, head downtown tomorrow. Special sales at the Community House and Senior Center are in convenient walking distance of each other.

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Obituary: Stephen Gorham Scott, 73

November 21, 2014 11:24:11 AM

Stephen Gorham Scott, 73, of Southborough, MA passed away peacefully on November 10, 2014 in his home surrounded by loved ones after a courageous battle with lung cancer.

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Town looks to preserve Burnett House for $750,000 – Agreement in principal reached

November 21, 2014 09:21:19 AM
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Earlier this week, selectmen told residents they were close to a deal with the owner of 84 Main Street. They believed a deal was imminent. They were right.

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