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Girls 10U on top, 10-0 for season

Picture provided by John Copley:

BOTTOM ROW FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Kaylee Harrison, Taylor Dourney, Elizabeth Tomasz, Kerri McBride, Megan Wright. TOP ROW FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Coach Carroll, Jaclyn Foisy, Michaela Copley, Tori Wolak, Coach Copley, Eliza Carroll, Aryanne Johnson, Lara Murray, Autumn Kramer, Coach Johnson NOT SHOWN – Mary Catherine Nealon


The Hopkinton 10U East team headed by Coaches Mike Carroll, John Copley, and Clelland Johnson were undefeated in their weekly games against other teams in the Twin Valley Girls' Softball League. This league is a recreational summer fast pitch softball league for girls ranging from ages 10 to 17 in the Twin Valley region of Massachusetts.  Hopkinton Tournament Teams are comprised of players selected from the HLL spring season with selections based on player rankings made by coaches in the League.


The first time these girls took the field as a “team” was on June 20th – their first game. They played 2 games a week – one at home and one away until July 25th. Thanks to a wonderful coaching staff and the girl’s dedication to performing to the best of their abilities they ended the season with a record of 10 -0.


 The girls also competed in 2 tournaments – hosted by Natick and Taunton respectively. Their performance in these tournaments was also outstanding as they encountered many teams that play together all year round. They enjoyed a 3 and 1 record in both of those tournaments.


Thanks also go out to Vinnie Corsini whose efforts have helped keep summer softball available to girls in Hopkinton.

~ Lori McBride



10:32 am Officer Philip Powers arrested a 67 year-old man on West Main Street for suspicion of OUI...

11:10 pm Officer Stephen Buckley responded to a report of a male possibly drinking something in the bushes near Golden Pond...

11:20 am A gas station on West Main Street reported a gas run off of $63...

 Rural feel

Children of the rye

July 2, 2005 — George Wright, Bruce Whyte, and George Robinson pose for a shot set up by George Wright in George's field of winter rye which grew to frightening proportions this spring. The rye got turned into the ground to make way for and foster a bumper crop of corn.

Peter's Corner 

Hopkinton players help Milford Legion win

by Peter Marso 

August 1, 2005 — Andrew Tarca picked up a big save as the Hiller Captain once again was called in to close the game as he prevailed to shut down a powerful Walpole (State Division1 baseball runner ups) Legion team 8-6 in a state elimination game before a big crowd at Fino Field Milford Monday afternoon.

       The win puts Post 59 into the state semi finals depending on the out come of another game. The Tarca save, along with a duplicate save on Sunday, has allowed Milford to look like they have a chance to make it to the state final which will be determined this week.

    Tarca, along with a three hit game on Sunday, has shown why he is the go-to guy for many Hiller victories this spring. Andrew has played tremendous in the field as he made a great catch on Sunday night in a  game against defending state champ Andover. Steve Flynn another Hiller won the Sunday game in relief as Tarca picked up the save. The Hillers' head coach Steve Simoes is also a Milford assistant coach and is responsible for bringing Tarca to the Milford program. Milford continues its Cinderella story Tuesday at 4:30 against the loser of tonight's game.

NOTE: Our HopNews.TV site was suffering some growing pains today. It is working fine now.



Steve Spector



Please kickback and enjoy this reprise of a performance by Steve Spector recorded earlier in the year exclusively for HopNews readers. Choose the play button to begin the fun.

 Present from the Past

Welcome to Brampton
You may already be there


by Keith Rowe

August 1, 2005 — Mary B. Claflin, author of the 1890 book Brampton Sketches, used the name Brampton as a metaphor for Hopkinton when she wrote about "Old Time New England Life".  

     The book chronicles what life was like up until then, and the people and places that made up the town.  Understandably, this was a simpler time, when life revolved around the church and politics. Most of the time they were one in the same.  

     Children went to school only for as long as the town could appropriate the necessary funds, which ordinarily covered around three months.  They were taught the requisite reading, writing, and arithmetic; and the woodpile out back became the gymnasium for the boys.  

    A trip into Boston was uncommon in those days, because they had to leave at dawn and arrive by dusk.  

     The Good Doctor in town was the only purveyor of medicines and a visit to your home would set you back $0.50 for a daytime visit and $1.00 for a call in the middle of the night — though many people forgot to pay him.  

     People didn't venture too far from home due to the fear of Indians.
     The book mentions a few local areas, but focuses mostly on the area surrounding what is now the town common.  Some landmarks still remain, like the Old Stone House and Bear Hill. But others are gone, like the Old Schoolhouse and the Price Mansion house which is now on the town symbol.  

     The homes and buildings were all close to the road because that was the only way to keep in touch with what was going on in town.  Most folks never wanted to live "in the middle of a pasture." Photo of illustration from book.
     Mary Claflin makes note of a few personal concerns in her book; like the hope that children of that time and of the future would not become spoiled because some of them had more than one toy to play with.  And she was concerned that the then recent popularity of kerosene used for lighting would not cause the demise of the tradition of candle making.
     For people interested in Hopkinton History, this book sketches out a good picture of what life was like over a hundred years ago.  Parts of the book can become difficult to read because it is written phonetically as if an uneducated farmer in 1890 was speaking; and some of the terms are no longer used in contemporary English.  

     Additionally, this book has been out of print since before the automobile became popular, so finding a copy will be difficult.  The Library has one copy that is kept in a secure location because it's irreplaceable.  This is a local treasure, so anyone finding one buried in a bookcase, or stored in a barn, please treat it as one.

I believe!

August 1, 2005 — Pastor Rob Davis of the Vineyard Church dunks a newly committed believer into the waters of Lake Whitehall yesterday, performing the Christian sacrament of baptism, while the faithful and the apparent paparazzi look on.

What a wonderful world

July 31, 2005 — The West End Blues Band played music while hundreds of people on the Hopkinton Common listened and did other things this evening, the second week of a large turnout.

A flying wing

July 31, 2005 — It looks like the view is from directly behind this great blue heron, but the camera is actually over 100' away.


July 31, 2005 Hopkinton Community Summer Band Concert led by Steve Yavarow, Director of Music for the Hopkinton Schools, played a free concert today on the lawn of the Cultural Arts Alliance. The band performed a variety of summer selections  including marches, popular tunes and light classical pieces.  Grey skies and the feeling of rain didn't deter the 100+ concert goers who brought their own chairs and love of music.

Ride for Elizabeth

July 31, 2005 — Kevin  "Redman" Richards and family above at TJ's Spirits on the Hopkinton/Ashland line shortly before he and scores of other motorcycle riders embarked on the Ride for Elizabeth. Mr. Richards organized the ride to benefit his granddaughter who has Aicardi Syndrome.

Happy ??th birthday

July 31, 2005 — Wendy Grass thought her birthday went by without fanfare until she walked into Cornell's last night and found her friends, a home made buffet, and a special tiara. And if we were to be so rude as to guess a woman's age, we would guess 35.

Tarca selected for showcase

July 31, 2005 — Andrew Tarca, Hopkinton High School football and baseball Captain for '06, has been selected to play in the perfect game elite showcase held in Wareham Mass later in August.

     This is a national baseball showcase were participants are recommended by major league scouts. Andrew was picked by New England Yankee associate scout Peter Marso who reports to Yankee cross checker and supervisor Cesar Presbott the Northeast affiliate! 

      A player come highly recommended to participate in this national event. Photo above, Tarca slams a pitch at the Legion game last evening at Fino Field.

     Tarca one of the top High School college prospects in the Metrowest area has the tools to play at a very high level as he tries to get noticed by many top baseball schools. Andrew has been a great asset to the Hiller athletic programs! He patrols the outfield and pitches in the starting rotation for coach Steve Simoes ( Hiller coach). Tarca was also very instrumental as a member of Hopkinton's State Championship baseball team in 04.  He has the ability to make a big impact at a top baseball program according to Marso! His desire and leadership skills only brings him much more ammunition to be a top recruit in 06.

July 30, 2005 — None of the other insects got too close to this swallowtail butterfly yesterday on West Main Street, as its huge wings fluttered from one loosestrife stem to another. Although it is unclear why, the loosestrife it is smothering was nearly barren of flowers today. The insect appears to have had a rough life, as its wings are tattered at the edges. As with most things in nature that have purpose, it appears that the black markings could resemble large shadowy teeth to a potential predator.

Photo above: The Moon is played by Kendall Burdick, Earth by Angelo Cole and Pluto by Tim Greiger.

Universe and Other Stuff

July 30, 2005 — EnterStageLeft 2005 Summer Theatre Program
For Children Ages 7-12 had its premier performance of Universe and Other Stuff last evening at St. John's Parish Center before more than 100 friends and family members.

     The play pokes fun at the science of creation, such as the "Big Bang" theory and other beliefs.

      To see a performance by the Sun, the planets and a few asteroids, choose the video player on the left.


Almost two years old and nothing changes (Almost)

HopNews' 2nd Anniversary in September


Commentary by Robert Falcione

July 29, 2005 — The Hopkinton NewsTM, the official name for, celebrates two whole years in September 2005, just in time for Polyarts. Here is the official version from Network Solution's WHOIS server:

   Updated Date: 22-jul-2005
   Creation Date: 11-sep-2003
   Expiration Date: 11-sep-2007
(To find the owner of a Domain name, visit WHOIS).

      For the uninitiated and those who are so not-geek, the registrar of a domain name holds the information for that domain, and is paid a yearly fee for that service. In the beginning (Sound familiar), Network Solutions was the registrar of the World Wide Web, offering a good example of how a monopoly is run by setting $70 per year as its fee for the privilege of maintaining a textual record of a domain name on its precious list.

      Then, due to pressure from competition, NS was forced to cut its price in half to stem the hemorrhaging. Fast forward to today, and their competition is even tougher, offering yearly registration for about $6.95. However, for the so not-geek like this writer, it took several years to navigate the learning curve to be able to feel comfortable switching registrars. It is as difficult as switching doctors, but we did it the other day. And we acquired www.HopNews.TV  as well at the same time, hopefully with as much space as needed to offer streaming videos to our readers, and with a longer run time for each. For example, Barbara Kessler is enjoying a summer rerun of an exclusive performance on www.HopNews.TV, something we were unable to do until recently. So I guess some things have changed, contrary to the title.

     I spend more time grabbing nature shots, because reader feedback overwhelmingly supports it. And as a result of that additional experience of time in the field, the finished product has risen to a higher aesthetic level. Thank you for the compliments and for providing the reason and motivation for my doing what I do.

     In addition, we've enjoyed reader forums and polls that we've added in the last few months and weeks — and our statistics prove that the Discussion Page is the most frequently visited except for Page One. We always appreciate civil discourse.  

     Since that first primitive upload in September of 2003, and the milestone of 125 visits in one day three months later, we've grown to almost 30,000 visits in May, 2005, with many days over 1,000 visits. But some things haven't changed.

     We continue to support the arts, such as the activities of the CAA, ESL, Polyarts, High School Drama as well as Middle School drama, and individual talent who we have recorded for presentation on streaming video. HopNews has always been a booster of the visual and creative arts also, such as painting and pottery making — the town oozes with creative talent.

    One thing that definitely hasn't changed is that silly portrait of me above taken when I was 17. Just kidding. It was taken five years ago. But some creative digital retouching made me look even five years younger than I really was even then!

    Another thing that hasn't changed is the need for reporters and feature writers — and an account representative. We've had some great contributors who have moved, moved on, or moved up, and that has happened on a regular basis. And as my duties have expanded into other areas, it creates an even greater need for those positions to be filled.

    So now we are putting our job needs in America's Job Bank, part of the Department of Labor. Hopefully, that will bring more talent our way. However, if a reader is capable of filling any of those positions, the reader will be favored — but please call soon, 508-435-5534.

     In conclusion, most things about The Hopkinton NewsTM have improved over the last two years. The readership growth has been staggering and awesome.

     You have chosen to log on and look. It is both flattering and humbling.

     Thank you, readers.

     And thank you to our advertisers, many who have been with us from the very beginning.

POLICE NEWS now up-to-date

9:58 pm A neighbor complained of a dog howling on Pleasant Street...

5:55 pm A resident drove up her driveway and found a man crouched down at her basement window...

12:24 am Officer William Burchard spoke with two males playing basketball at the high school...

Da - da - da - da - da - da - da...

(To the music of the Chicken Dance)

July 29, 2005 — It is unclear whether this great blue heron is doing a jig, the Hokey Pokey, or the Chicken Dance at Ice House Pond yesterday. Actually, it is folding its wings after landing.

A sitting duck...

July 29, 2005 — This fowl is indeed a sitting duck, even though it is flying, today over Blood's Pond on South Mill Street.

Flowers, flowers everywhere

July 29, 2005 — Strange as it may seem, these beautiful flowers on Main Street seem to be absent of any visible flying insects. The zoom lens has compressed the image into a mélange of lines, shapes and angles.

Senior Center on track

July 29, 2005 — The new Senior Center is on track. According to Clerk of the Works Brian Main, the groundbreaking ceremony for the building should be held in 2-3 weeks.

      "I am very pleased with the progress," he said today.

      In this photo, Jason Lennox of JD Marquedant is gauging distance through his theodilite.

 Rural Feel

On Golden Pond

July 28, 2005 — This hawk moth or "hummingbird moth" is getting ready to extend its coiled proboscis and have a tasty treat of loosestrife nectar today at what is commonly known as Golden Pond due to the building which shadows it and the company which owns it. However, the whisper of that name gets an admonishment from any Townie who will quickly correct the speaker.

     "It's Ice House Pond!"  they will say.

     ~ "Purple loosestrife is a common species in the loosestrife family. It is a tall plant with purple or reddish flowers. It spreads rapidly and is a troublesome weed in the northeastern and north-central parts of the United States. In some states, it is illegal to plant or sell purple loosestrife." ~ World Book Online Reference Center (On AOL).

Paul A. Nordmark, 99, formerly of Hopkinton, died Monday, July 25, 2005 at the Westborough Health Care Center. He was the husband of Winifred (Atwell) Nordmark. Funeral arrangements, under the direction of the Chesmore Funeral Home, 57 Hayden Rowe St., Hopkinton, are incomplete at this time.

 Rural Feel

July 28, 2005 — Not even the beavers showed their faces yesterday afternoon at North Mill Pond as distant thunderstorms came closer, and police scoured the neighborhood for a possible burglar. A woman returning to her nearby home called out to a man she thought was her husband at a cellar window, but the man turned and ran. Police spoke with several people in the neighborhood, but it is unclear if any were suspects.

Discuss The Discussion Page is back.

Frogs and toads and grasshoppers' nodes...

July 27, 2005 — This handsome critter was spotted on Main Street and tracked into the grass. He posed for the shot but then went about his business of flitting and fluttering around, bouncing off of buildings and other objects in his apparent hunt for tall grass (Or another grasshopper).

War of the words?

July 27, 2005 — A sign which hung to greet people entering the former Pyne Sand gravel mining operation property which the town purchased to develop for a school, wastewater discharge, drinking well(s), athletic fields and more, has shown up hanging on the front of the Fire Station. The sign, donated by E. L. Harvey, is a banner sign reminiscent of the sign designed by Geri Holland which did not pass muster with the Director of Municipal Inspections and at Town Meeting.

      And in a related story, Selectman Ron Clark, who is the Chair of the Fruit Street Development Committee, and Chair of the Conservation Commission, Brian Morrison, have had a disagreement over the use of funds under Mr. Morrison's control especially regarding the Fruit Street project. According to a report published today, the Selectmen will not appropriate funds for the ConCom's  unless they submit a detailed budget in advance.

    And now comes Kevin Kohrt, a principal of the Friends of Whitehall, a growing political force in Hopkinton, asking for the Fruit Street Development Committee's financial records. Here is his letter to the Selectmen, which was hand delivered on July 21, 2005:


Funding Info Request Page 1 of 1 Saved: Thursday, July 21, Z005 3:04:35 PM



kevin kohrt

35 winter street

hopkinton, ma 01748 508-625-1083


I am requesting documentation of all funds spent to date on the Fruit Street property before and since its purchase by the Town, including research, evaluation, publicity, legal fees, consultant work, and so on.

I am also requesting that the source of the above listed funds be identified, be it the Sewer Enterprise fund, CPA, transfers from the School Budget, or whatever.

Please inform me as soon as possible when this information will be available to retrieve from your office, or when it can be sent to me via my email address: 

Thank you,


--Kevin Kohrt

35 Winter Street


     The operation to find all of the documents requested promises to be an expensive one, with each department involved charging hourly. One news organization was given an $800 estimate for a similar search.

Pulte Homes "vision" for Weston Nurseries

A look at two responses to Town's RFI

by Chris Crawford

July 27, 2005 –  The Mezitt brothers, Wayne and Roger, recently offered 615 acres of former Weston Nurseries land owned by them for sale in an offering by world renown Cushman and Wakefield. Because of the significance of such a large land exchange, the Hopkinton Selectmen formed the Land Use Study Committee (LUSC) to investigate how the town might protect its interests in the exchange. 

      Due to Chapter 61A tax exemptions, under which the former Weston Nurseries land operates, the Town has the right of first refusal to purchase the land. The Board of Selectmen, under the recommendation of the LUSC, plan to exercise that right. Currently, the town is going through the bonding process to buy the land and has also applied for a self-help grant from the state. But, says Liisa Jackson of the LUSC, "We're still looking for uses that will recoup some of the cost."

       The LUSC issued a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFI) soliciting to whatever entities might wish to partner with the Town in the use of the 615 acres. To date, the LUSC has received over 11 responses to the RFI. The responses vary greatly in their depth of detail. Some give detailed maps of their plan; some groups, such as the Trust for Public Land give broader recommendations for services they offer. Developers' plans tend to offer more details, and many are already well set on their own planning process. We selected two at random for a comparison.


Rural feel or downtown eyesore? (Mouse-over the image)

July 27, 2005 — Both of the images above were taken this morning at the same location.

Davison Welch print on sale

Portion to benefit scholarship fund

July 27, 2005 — Well known Hopkinton artist Davison Welch has available for display and purchase at Colella's Supermarket signed prints of the above image for $50.00. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Daniel F. Colella Scholarship Fund. Photo by Jen Shults.

Cornell's has pizza!

Central Cleaners delivers to your home or work!

Discuss The Discussion Page is back.

Q. Why?

A. Talk City had too m any click-throughs for some people. Although it did have a world of more features, people also found it difficult to navigate.

Q. What about the Polls?

A. We'll try to get one that refreshes on the front page.

Q. What about chat?

A. People wanting to chat instantly can go to the Discussion Page and do so. In addition, we'd like to hold scheduled chats with well known people from Hopkinton in government, business and the arts. Email to schedule your chat.



Please kickback and enjoy this reprise of a performance by Barbara Kessler recorded earlier in the year exclusively for HopNews readers. It is now on our HopNews.TV site. Choose the play button to begin the fun. And check her website.

POLICE NEWS now up-to-date

12:58 pm There was a report of a sunken boat off of Lakeshore Drive...

12:55 pm A caller on Davis Road reported a suspicious person walking up and down the street...

1:12 am Officer Matthew McNeil requested additional units to check on possible activity at the rope swing...

Now our videos will be online a little longer, linked to HopNews.TV




July 26, 2005 — Parker Ruse, 4, dances to the music of HELP!, a Beatles cover band, on the Common on Sunday. And although her face cannot be seen in this photograph, to Sunday night concert goers, Ellie Ularich is unmistakably the dancer on the right. 

The pipes are calling

July 25, 2005 — After several false starts, work is underway to replace a faulty storm drain behind Colella's Supermarket. One 30" pipe will be replaced by two 36" pipes. The defective drain has been the cause of flooding in the market and had to be upgraded before Colella's breaks ground for their long anticipated expansion, which will be soon.


Planning Board plans Harvey site plan meetings, site walks

Public invited on walks

"Certain public.” ~ Jim Harvey

by Chris Crawford

July 25, 2005 – The Planning Board held their second meeting of the month tonight to discuss with E.L. Harvey & Sons the process of the upcoming public hearing on their site plan for the Harvey facility expansion. Photo, Jim Harvey, son Doug Harvey, Attorney Stephen Richmond.

     Chairman Mark Abate introduced the discussion with a stern statement to the numerous abutters and members of the general public attending tonight’s meeting: “We are only discussing the process for the public hearings, I will not entertain any questions about the site, nor will I advise the Harvey’s to answer any questions.”

     Using the first meeting of the public hearing being an overview of the site plan as a stepping stone, the Harvey’s and Planning Board asked what they wanted from each other as far as plans for the process and organization of the public hearing. FULL STORY.

Irma D. MacLeod, 94, died Sunday, July 24, 2005 at Bolton Manor in Marlborough. She was the wife of the late John H. MacLeod who died in 1964. See ARRANGEMENTS.

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 Cheryl Perreault's Poet's Corner

Agnes Frieh, was a lifelong Hopkinton resident since her birth in 1914.  She was a highly respected poet and citizen of Hopkinton and considered as Hopkinton’s first Poet Laureate.  A collection of her poetry in the book Pencil Box in 2000 and is available through Haley’s Press located in Athol MA. (1-800-215-8805). ~Cheryl Perreault

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