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Above: Chestnut Hill Farm is welcoming visitors this Saturday during its Meet the Farmer event. (Photo by Susan Fitzgerald)

Chestnut Hill Farm’s new manager is keeping her promise to run Meet the Farmer events the first Saturday of the month this summer.

The first Saturday of this month happens to be the 4th. So, if you’re looking for something to do on Independence Day, swing by the farm.

This Saturday from 10:00 – 2:00 pm, they’ll be holding two activities:

  • Children’s craft: Birdhouse activity

We have some beautiful birdhouse gourds donated by Whit Beals that are ready to decorate into a beautiful birdhouse for you to take home.

  • Birds, Butterflies and Milkweed, OH MY!

Help us map where some of the key important species on the farm are living right now.

We will take 2 (1st one at 11am and the 2nd at 1pm) walks up along the main farm road and try to identify where the bobolinks are nesting, the Checkerspot butterflies are feeding and the significant milkweed patches are.

We will pass by the goat flock and say hello to them on our way by so you can see how much the babies have grown!

The farmer meet and greet is also a good way to learn more about the farm’s new CSA program (Community Supported Agriculture). Shares are still available.  [click to keep reading…]

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Above: Junior Farmers at Lil Folk Farm can learn how to care for all of their animals, including the llamas. Daily pony rides included. (Photo from Lil Folk Farm’s website)

If you’re looking to sign your kids up for summer camp next week, Town Rec has a lot to offer.

Next week, kids ages 4-6 can enjoy Kiddie Cat Jam morning camp to play a pretty wide range of sports and games. 

7-12 year olds can focus their ball play on Baseball during a morning camp.

And next week kicks off the Summer Horse Riding (and junior farmers) programs through Lil Folk Farm. Programs cover kids ages 4-12.

(For more details on programs above, click thumbnails below to enlarge.)

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Next week’s theme at continuing Finn and Woodward half day camps, is Get Sense, and Get Fit!:

 This week is packed with healthy activities that will improve your child’s fitness and sports skills while building confidence and self-esteem in a fun atmosphere. Special guest from Revolution Athletes will introduce a wide range of stimulus exercises. We will also have Mr.LaChance’s fun and fitness Beasties character drawing.

Woodward campers will also get a chance to swim in St. Mark’s pool and to explore Fay camp with activities to include: fishing, nature, outdoor adventure, soccer, ropes course, and a variety of sports.

There are still openings at both camps next week (and most weeks this summer). For more details, see the dedicated post.

Through the summer, the Town is also continuing to offer Junior Golf Camp and Tennis Clinics.  [click to keep reading…]

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Above: If you’re looking for fireworks or festivals this week, better gas up your tank. (Image posted to flickr by Mike Halsall)

As usual, Southborough will save its fireworks display for Summer Nights end of season celebration (August 29th.) Our town’s one mini-celebration is the Southborough Library’s kids’ parade this Thursday. And neighboring towns won’t have anything official “bursting in air” this week.

But if you’re up for a drive, here’s a list of fireworks displays scheduled in Massachusetts this week and beyond.

If you’re a baseball fan, the Worcester Bravehearts will be putting on a display after tonight’s game. The PawSox will be shooting off works on Thursday and Friday. And the Boston Red Sox will be putting on a show set to music after their Friday night game.

Other area Independence Day festivities this week include carnivals, music and more. (Once again, expect to travel to participate.) Check out the listings, here.

If you’re thinking of making your own festivities, the Southborough Fire Department would like to discourage you from adding explosives to the mix. The department shared this warning of the dangers on Facebook:

Finally, it looks like there might be one event to attend in town on Independence Day – Meet the Farmer at Chestnut Hill.

It’s more of a coincidence than a 4th of July celebration. But it does offer a fun diversion for those staying in town. I’ll share details on that later.

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Flags in Southborough and across the state should now be flying at half staff in honor of Massachusetts State Senator Thomas P. Kennedy, Second Plymouth and Bristol district, of Brockton, MA who died on June 28, 2015.

You can read more about the Senator and his passing here.

The order from the Governor’s office to lower the flag as of sunrise yesterday, overlapped a previously issued order to lower it at that time in honor of PFC Peter J. Handibode.

The new order has flags lowered until the date of the Senator’s interment. That looks like it could be a while.

According to the Senator’s funeral home, a funeral mass will take place on July 7th, but:

 Interment will take place in St. Francis Cemetery, Maitland, Hants County, Nova Scotia at a later date.

The last time the Governor’s office gave an order to keep a flag lowered until interment (in honor of Senator Brook), towns who followed the order had flags down for more than two months.

(photo from Susan Fitzgerald)

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As of this morning, it’s looking like a light week in town committee meetings. The meetings below open to the public, so you’re welcome to stop on by.

Be aware that changes to the meeting schedule are known to happen throughout the week. For an updated list of meetings, visit the town website.

Monday, June 29, 2015

  • Public Safety Study Committee, 6:00 pm @ Fire Department Headquarters, 21 Main Street (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Review and discussion of initial response from Historical Commission Chair; Discussion of RFP

012109-police-station[Editor's Note: The committee was asked by Board of Selectmen to reach out to the Historical Commission about the future of the Police Station. I don't know what the "initial response" referenced above was. I did find the commission's explanation of the historical significance of the building - the former Peter's High School Annex - on their website under Recent initiatives. You can read it here.]

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

  • Economic Development Committee, 8:00 AM @ Hearing Room, Town House (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Economic Development Coordinator hiring

(Photos by Susan Fitzgerald)

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Diane C. (Nolin) Provencher, 80, of Southborough died peacefully on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at Beaumont Rehab and Skilled Nursing Center in Westborough.

She was the beloved wife of Laval Provencher for the past 54 years.

Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Leon and Florina (Riendeau) Nolin.

Diane was a 1957 graduate of Anna Maria College, majoring in music and attended Boston University’s Musical Program. She taught music for several years until she and Laval started their family. She had a lifelong involvement with music which included singing with community choral groups. She was fortunate to have been able to share her vocal gifts with her fellow residents at Beaumont right through her final week of life. Music was a deeply woven part of her, which she verbalized so eloquently in her final days when she said, “I have a song on my heart and always will.” Her deep love of music was only surpassed by her love for her family.

In addition to her husband she is survived by her children, Christine Heckendorf and her husband Amos of Southborough; Joan Lamy and her wife Michelle of Eastham; Marie Remy and her husband Scott of CO; Denise Perrin and her husband Adam of Wellesley; her sisters, Doris Letellier, Claire Pepin, Estelle Deldano all of RI; Alice Lapinsky and Theresa Oulette both of FL; her adored grandchildren, Matthew, Alex, Amber, Jeni, Bray, Luke, Drake, Lily and Violet; and her precious great grandchildren, Dexter and Chloe.  [click to keep reading…]

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At the library this week: Games & Puzzles, PJ story time, and the annual kids’ parade

June 29, 2015 09:20:06 AM
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Here are some highlights of events in and around Southborough this week.

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Why flags are at half staff: Monday, June 29

June 29, 2015 07:28:14 AM
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Flags in Southborough and across the state are flying at half staff in honor of of PFC Peter J. Handibode.

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Golf for seniors: Clinics and group

June 26, 2015 04:30:00 PM
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Need work on your putting? Or looking for someone to put with? Either way, contact the Senior Center.

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Free admission to USS Constitution Museum through the Library

June 26, 2015 02:30:56 PM
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If you’re thinking of daytripping it to Boston, stop by the library first for free admission to the USS Constitution Museum.

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Senior Center trips: Casino, Spirit of Boston, and lobsterbake in Maine – Join Friends of COA

June 26, 2015 12:00:55 PM
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The Senior Center is offering bus trips this summer. Before registering, you’ll want to join the Friends of the Council of the Aging.

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Adventure Day Camp: Fun for boys and girls; Southborough bus stop

June 26, 2015 10:00:00 AM
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[The following information was provided by My Southborough sponsor Adventure Day Camp.]

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Golf for Assabet football this Monday

June 26, 2015 08:35:46 AM
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If you’re interested in supporting the school’s football team – or just looking for an excuse to hit the green – head out to Juniper Hills on Monday.

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SAT Bootcamp classes: register for SAT prep this July

June 25, 2015 04:20:10 PM
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[The following information was provided by My Southborough sponsor Peter Arvantely, otherwise known to Southborough students as "Peter the Tutor".]

A tutor to dozens of Southborough students is organizing mental bootcamps for high school students this summer.

Peter “the tutor” Arventely is offering intense prep classes for the SATs and SSATs:

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