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Grafton nonprofit gives homeless dogs a second chance

June 20th, 2015

Two of the dogs helped by Bay State Dogs. (Photo/submitted)

Grafton – The famous cartoonist Charles Schulz once wrote “Happiness is a warm puppy.” Bay State Dogs, a Grafton-based nonprofit, would almost certainly add that it’s also a warm dog – of any age – in need of a second chance. With its mission to rescue and find good homes for Massachusetts canines, it’s been busy spreading that happiness to people and their furry new companions.

From kestrels to carrots, the Grafton Land Trust saves space for diverse pursuits

June 20th, 2015

Grafton Land Trust members and volunteers installed 10 nest boxes around Grafton to attract nesting pairs of kestrels as part of The Kestrel Project. (Photo/Troy Gipps)

Grafton – One night in 1958, a group of men met in the basement of the Grafton United Methodist Church to form what they called the Grafton Forest Association, which would later come to be known as the Grafton Land Trust.

Grafton selectmen approve supporting grant request for library expansion

June 19th, 2015

Grafton – The Grafton Board of Selectmen discussed two requests concerning the Grafton Public Library at the board’s June 16 meeting. The requests, which would have to be approved by the voters at Town Meeting, were for an application for a grant to improve the library, and $150,000 for architectural plans for the construction of a new town library.

Hospital Reuse Committee planning action for fall Town Meeting

June 19th, 2015

Westborough – The committee studying potential reuses of the Westborough State Hospital will likely ask Town Meeting voters this fall to fund an assessment of the state of the existing buildings on the property.

State Hospital Reuse Committee Chair Brian Bush told selectmen June 9 the committee wants to hire a firm to evaluate the buildings and come up with cost estimates for demolition so that when developers are invited to submit proposals for the parts of the property that will be privately redeveloped, they will have a clear idea of the costs they will face.

Westborough’s Fourth of July Family Block Party to be held June 26

June 19th, 2015

Vincent Zito, 8, is treated to patriotic souvenirs and a corndog at last year's celebration. 
File photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.

Westborough – The town of Westborough’s Fourth of July Family Block Party will be held on Friday, June 26 from 6 to 10 p.m. This annual celebration, held in the downtown area from the rotary to Parkman Ave, will once again feature the popular band “The Reminisants” as well as many children’s events and food [...]

Faith leaders to host vigil in memory of South Carolina victims

June 19th, 2015

Westborough – Congregation B’nai Shalom, 117 E. Main St., will be hosting an “Interfaith Vigil in Solidarity with the Community of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Charleston, S.C.” on Sunday, June 21, from 4- 5 p.m. Faith leaders from the Interfaith communities of Westborough and Northborough will be leading the vigil which will have prayer, [...]

Grafton Lions hard at work to help their community

June 19th, 2015

The Grafton Lions Club will host their eighth annual Charity Golf Tournament Tuesday, Aug. 18. (Photo/Alexandra Molnar)

Grafton – At the end of a long dirt road, a low, modest building sits in between Lake Ripple and groomed fields that stretch to woods. The little building is the home of the Grafton Lions Club, located at 68 Brigham Hill Road in Grafton, the owners and caretakers of 18 acres of land used by soccer players, dog walkers, and campers alike.

Shrewsbury music lover directs Grafton church choir

June 19th, 2015

Lynn Ljunggren (Photo/submitted)

Shrewsbury/Grafton – Lynn Ljunggren of Shrewsbury clocks a lot of time commuting. She’s a fulltime senior administrator at Raytheon in Marlborough, a piano accompanist with children choruses in Shrewsbury, and a church choir director and organist in North Grafton. A lifelong passion compels her to manage this busy travel schedule.

Decorated veteran of Grafton addresses Assumption graduates

June 19th, 2015

Retired Army Maj. Gen. Robert Catalanotti of Grafton delivers the commencement address at Assumption College in Worcester. (Photo/submitted)

Grafton – Retired Army Maj. Gen. Robert Catalanotti of Grafton returned.to his alma mater May 16 to deliver the commencement address at Assumption College in Worcester, where he graduated in 1980. He gained commission as a second lieutenant through crosstown enrollment in the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).

Marlborough High students solve problems of the future at STEM Expo

June 19th, 2015

Controlled Housing Association of Outer Space (C.H.A.O.S): Tenth-graders Diego Garcia, Sammie Merrill and Ryan Vermilyea.

Marlborough – The Marlborough High School’s 2015 Spring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Expo was held June 12 in the John C. Colleary Field House. The EXPO featured completed projects by the ninth- and tenth-grade students who worked tirelessly throughout the entire second half of the school year researching and implementing solutions to their assigned task.

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