24 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748  508.435.5534  07/24/2006 08:40:00 AM Editor@HopNews.com    

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With their great signs like "Wasten Nurseries", "Eric S  being the big loser per Mary", and the "Brian Morrison Compound" just to name a few deserves, ONCE AGAIN the honors of the MOST HORRIBLE" said the judges.



The judges loved their beach theme and the great participation and enthusiasm of this float. The group wearing tie dyed t-shirts, laughing and enjoying the day made the judges all smile. So many were involved and they truly represented their float theme of HAVING FUN!



Judges say" great signs that represent the true Horrible tradition", such as " A vote NOT for Eric Sonnett is a waste of talent" and the $$$$ from CPA and Borrowing for the Brian Morrison compound....2 1/2?". They also enjoyed the "Bribes" of kisses and candies that were given to them at the judges stand in front of Colella's Market



Judges loved the signs and their message of the importance of voting. A sign saying $23,000 per acre for Fruit Street and $121,000 per acre for Whitehall made many think of the waste of money and its value.  It would be a WASTE of money if  Fruit Street plans were not implemented. Lots of kids on this float having a good time.


MUSIC AWARD: BLUES BROTHERS  (The Duffy's, father and son, of Ray Street)


FAMILY AWARD: MUSCLE CAR (restored Chevy Nova-The Minkles of Ray Street)


CHILDREN'S AWARD: CLINTON STREET/FRONT STREET TRASH CANS-RECYCLE-  Ann Click and Mary Katherine Nealon with Kevin Kort joining in on the fun. Judges appreciated the effort of them walking the entire parade route on a very hot summer day in their great costumes with enthusiasm reminding us all how important it is to RECYCLE .



Judges stated that this float got the business honor because they "THINK" they run the town. They had lots of signs on the float.



Great costumes depicting organic farming with their beautiful horses impressed the judges.


GRAND MARSHALL'S -Rita and Al Paradis who are celebrating their 58th wedding anniversary were presented a beautiful corsage and boutonnière donated by Sunnyside gardens, were driven in a 1941 half-track owned by Marco Dendunnen.


JUDGES:  Wendy Colella, Mike Gram, and Suzie Johnson. REGISTRATION:  Linda Kimball


~ Lily Holden

Recycling with the Lions Club


     Is your cellar or garage crammed with leftover party cans and bottles? The Hopkinton Lions Club can help. July 29th is the date of their next recycle day at Colella’s Market on Main St. – from 9 to 2.  No matter what the weatherman forecasts, they will be there. ~ Hopkinton Lions Club

Dam - Lake

July 5, 2006 — Cynthia Braun enjoyed the day before the 4th just off of Lake Maspenock Dam, which the Town of Hopkinton purchased at Town Meeting. Sandy Island in Hopkinton becomes a tiny sliver of beige on the horizon from the use of a wide angle lens.

Boating fun

July 3, 2006 — Traffic on Lake Maspenock was busy on the day before the fourth in this photo made using a telephoto zoom all the way from the dam in Milford. Sandy Island Beach, which was a tiny sliver in the photo above this one, is clear as day in this photo.

Rush-hour mishap

July 5, 2005 — At around 5:00 pm today, the vehicle on the left with the front-end damage hit the vehicle on the far left, a BMW SUV,  from behind just a few feet from the town line with Upton. The BMW had only had scratches visible.

     Two police officers from Upton helped secure the scene while Officers Gregg DeBoer and Thomas Lemon arrived to investigate. Although there were no visible injuries, the woman in the struck vehicle complained of neck discomfort. 

July 5, 2006 — This frog, seen stealthily through the leaves, enjoyed the mud of Lake Whitehall this week.

Lumber Street?

July 5, 2006 — No this is not "Lumber Street", but the intersection of Grove and Main where a driver continued without stopping after dropping part of his load of pressure-treated lumber. No charges were filed in the incident. Above, Sgt. Michael Sutton and Officer Linda Higgins remove the danger from the roadway.

Get Bugged at the Hopkinton Library

Bee there!

    Catch the summer reading BUG. Read about BUGS! Hunt for BUGS! Eat a BUG! If you haven't heard about BUGS at the library, BUZZ in for some FUN. On Wednesday, July 19 at 2 PM learn how to make costumes from everyday "stuff". Holly Cleeland will present GLUE AND GO COSTUMES FOR KIDS. BEE one of the lucky audience members to take home one of Holly's creations. One costume will be a BUG. 

     Each week enter a BUG HUNT RAFFLE or write a poem during the BUGGALOO POETRY SLAM. Drop in to make a BUGGY craft on Wednesday, July 12, July 26, and August 2 from 2:30 to 4:30 PM.

    Join us on Friday August 11 at 1:30 PM for a musical concert by Stephan Baird. Stephan's "bag full of surprises" was funded by an Arts Lottery Grant from the Hopkinton and Massachusetts Cultural Councils.

     Don't miss the BUGGAPALUZZA on Friday, August 18 at 1:00 PM. Raffle prizes will be awarded; reading certificates will be presented; BUGGY POEMS will be read; BUG MASKS will be shown; BUGS will be eaten. BUZZ into the Children's Room or BUZZ us at 497-9779 with any questions or for more information.

Horribles Parade not at all horrible

SEE A Gallery/Slideshow

Above, John Coffey and daughter Makayla, 2.

July 4, 2006 — Townies and newcomers alike took to the sidewalks and front lawns today to see the strange way in which Hopkinton celebrates Independence Day, with sirens blaring, squirt guns at the ready, and candy tossed from moving vehicles.


 From the Radical Middle...


An urban legend and a naked guy

It-can-only-happen-to-me Department


by Robert Falcione

July 4, 2006 — It was the summer of 2000 when I had first heard about Spider Gate Cemetery, as it is known.

     "There is a Satanic cult, a gang, that lives there in the woods and they attack people," I was told. "There are seven gates and when you go through the last one, you're in Hell," I was warned.

     Impossible, I protested. I don't believe a word, I said.

    "No, really, someone tapped me on the shoulder while we were walking in the dark, and I freaked out." It was a total fabrication.

     As it turns out, the cemetery, located in Leicester, is a well-known urban legend in Worcester and the surrounding area. Any kid growing up in that area has taken a trip there at least once because of the aforementioned fabrication and others like it.

     Although I didn't believe the stories, and I knew I wouldn't be allowed into Hell, I was off to see what all of the fuss was about.

     The most famous nearby landmark is Hot Dog Annie's in Leicester, a diner-type establishment that generally has a line going in one door and out the other. It's the type of place a person thinks, "Wow, good dogs!" Spider Gate is only one turn from Annie's, which is where I got the final directions to my destination, and with what seemed to be a knowing smile.

     I found the entrance to the property, which was secured by a chain hanging loosely between two cement columns. It turned out to be a considerable piece of land that has nothing to do with a cemetery. It is a watershed, a series of ponds and lush streams that comprise the water supply for one of the area towns, that happens to have a graveyard in the middle of it, one that was likely preserved as they built the water ways and supporting land around it.

     The gravel trail, lined with blueberries, scrub brush and trees, leads to the cemetery, and to the gate that would define its name in the vernacular. The trail went over a culvert that joined two sides of a stream that meandered through brilliant loosestrife, peppered with daisies and ragweed.

      And there it was a few hundred feet in, its entrance between two pillars of stone, and bounded by large, centuries-old trees. FULL STORY.

You talkin' to me?

July 3, 2006 — This bird, who was firmly situated in a pine tree at Sandy Island this afternoon, dived very aggressively at the face of anyone who came near it. Sometimes it would fly above people and hover over them. The first inclination would be to assume there is a nest it is protecting.

      "It's because moms protect their young," said a nearby mother with a toddler.

      "Or it's got the West Nile virus," said someone else.

Hikes, Bikes, Places and Spaces

Blackstone River and Canal
Heritage State Park


July 3, 2006 — In the 1820's, a canal was built from Worcester, Massachusetts to the the Atlantic Ocean via Providence, Rhode Island to haul goods between those cities and everywhere in between. The river had already transformed the communities along it into a network of water powered manufacturing. The canal helped build up Worcester as a manufacturing center, at one time the largest inland industrial city in the United States.

     The inception of railroads put an end to the canal after less than a quarter century of use, but the transportation needs of the manufacturing centers that had sprouted along the canal were then met by the rail service.

      Wages drove much of the manufacturing in these mill cities to the South in the last fifty years of the Twentieth Century, and since then, much of that has in turn gone to China.  Many of the vestiges of that proud heritage remain in the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor.

      Visit the DCR site http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/central/blst.htm and learn more about the park, which isn't much more than 15 minutes from Hopkinton, where there is hiking, trail biking, canoeing, watchable wildlife, and concerts every Sunday at 3:30 pm during the summer and part of the fall.

      The staff scheduled a concert for today at the last minute, so not many visitors showed. To see a video of a small portion of the park, part of the canal, and some of the Civil War-era music, choose this: VIDEO.


July 3, 2006 — Reader John Ritz shares this bright photo of a bird on the support arm of his hummingbird feeder.



8:11 am A caller reported finding an item and some graffiti in the area on Lilac Court.  The reporting party thought it was disturbing and wanted an officer to check on the situation...


3:08 am A caller on Main Street reported that someone was banging on her door, and may still be outside...


12:22 pm Officer Patrick O'Brien responded to a report of unruly people on Cedar Street at the State Park...

Fire... bad ~ Fire... good

by Elizabeth Eidlitz


July 3, 2006 — The Fire Department and I have always had a philosophical difference: they see fire as their enemy; I see fire as my friend.

As a potter, I marvel how 2360 degree heat in the kiln transforms powdery glaze into shiny glass surfaces. In my living room fireplace, the midwinter crackle of logs, with curls of mesmerizing blue flame, creates emotional as well as physical warmth. In the attic of memory, campfire embers are blackening marshmallows; we are eating layers of ash and crinkled brown skin before our gooey fingers lift the sweet white center from the end of a whittled stick.

But my view changed almost three weeks ago when a two alarm fire gutted my kitchen. Ironically, a scented Yankee candle in glass housing remained intact though flames cremated all other objects in the room --dish drain, microwave, placemats, hanging ceiling light, Excedrin bottle, eyeglasses, telephone and answering machine, a recipe for shrimps cooked in beer--while exhaling smoke through much of the house.

I did know enough to dial 911, close hall doors, grab my cat and laptop computer and get out of the building. Though I was wrong, I believed it was not a mistake while I waited for help, to turn on the garage hose and shoot water through the kitchen window I broke with a snow shovel handle. But there was much more I never realized: FULL STORY


Toll road?

July 2, 2006 — The gate was down at the beginning of Fruit Street this evening when this mammoth tree fell, knocking live wires down from across the street, causing them to spark on the ground until the transformer circuit tripped.

Can you find it?

July 2, 2006 — The sun had set over Hopkinton Reservoir this evening when this two-mallard squadron decided to finish their day and go wherever they go at night. And as it is often said that dusk is the most dangerous time to drive, because the mind can play tricks in the absence of visual stimuli, it appears a buffalo is grazing in the upper right part of this photo — and you don't even have to hold it up to your face for it to appear.


July 2, 2006 — Thomas the mixed breed dog, who perhaps has a bit of Dalmatian in him, shows great form as he catches a whole lot of air before meeting this Frisbee in mid-jump today at the Hopkinton Reservoir. He doesn't miss any that are thrown properly.

Swimmer dies at Miles Standish State Forest in Plymouth

July 2, 2006 — At approximately 10:15 a.m. today, State Police from the Bourne Barracks responded to a report of a missing swimmer at Charge Pond in Miles Standish State Forest in Plymouth.
     Preliminary investigation by Trooper David Coker Jr. indicates that two males were attempting to swim across Charge Pond. One of the male swimmers reached the other side of Charge Pond, and reported the other swimmer missing. A search began for the missing swimmer and subsequently the body of a 23 year old male was found by divers from the Plymouth Fire Department Dive Team approximately 70 yards off shore. The 23 year-old male was pronounced deceased at the scene. The name of the victim will be withheld pending proper notification of next-of-kin.
     State Police Crime Scene Services, Plymouth Fire Department and EMS, Plymouth Fire Department Dive Team and the Plymouth District Attorneys Office assisted troopers at the scene. ~ Contributed content.

     Horribles Parade 2006 ~ It's all about the waste on July 4th

     The Horribles Parade starts at Noon on Tuesday July 4th(rain or shine) at the Town Common. It proceeds down Hayden Rowe, right onto Grove Street, left onto Pleasant Street and right onto Main Street and back to the Common. This tradition started in the late thirties and hopefully will continue. Thirty-five years ago was my first time seeing this crazy fun gathering of neighbors and families going down the streets of a small town. There would be 30 or more floats, bikes walkers etc. NOW there are fewer and fewer participants. There is no funding given to this event. (File photo)

    Each year, I sadly say, this will be the last year. But as you can see Len and I just don't want to see a great old tradition die. With all of this said, I encourage all who read to participate, donate and/or volunteer that day. It's all over by 1:00 when the awards are given out. Yes we still give out trophies. call me for more info 435-3326. This year our Grand Marshalls are Al and Rita Paradis of Church Street. They are both Vets and have been wonderful volunteers for our community. In fact Al was a Selectmen years ago. Join in on the fun. The theme is "WASTE"! ~ Lil Holden