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Community Concert

July 30, 2006

2:00 pm
CAA Lawn

Sisters Las Vegas Revue 7 Deadly Sins, the musical...



need we say more….


     Saturday July 22nd  8pm at 30 Main Street

                       Tickets $10


Starring Mary and Keith Rowe
Seating is limited so reserve your tickets now via email at esltheater@comcast.net or call the box office at 508 435-2114


You don't want to miss it!   If you do you may regret if for eternity!

Boston Marathon proposed to start 2 hours earlier

July 19, 2006 — The guidelines above say it all as the Hopkinton Marathon Committee was the last town to approve the earlier start of the BAA Boston Marathon this evening. There are other criteria involved, and we'll report on that when it becomes available. Here is a report from May from CBS4.


     If this itinerary remains as it is, Ernst Van Dyk, the record holder (1:18:27) in the Men's Wheelchair Division, will probably get to Boston before MacDonald's stops serving breakfast.

     But here's another amazing possibility: With the earlier start, the lower sun and cooler air, perhaps Robert K. Cheruiyot, who set a course record this year (2:07:14), or a successor, could break the ribbon before the Old North Church rings 12 times!

The luck of the draw

July 19, 2006 — Chris Tolson and Jill Scannell came out on top during the lottery for the Affordable Housing at Stagecoach Heights. They were the first of 30 names drawn for the three bedroom units and the second drawn for the 2 bedroom units. More can be learned about the development here.

I'll follow the Sun

July, 19, 2006 — This 1972 Piper aircraft registered out of Leominster seemed to be flying fairly low for the downtown of Hopkinton this evening, as it circled at least once before heading toward the sun.

Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto of Hopkinton Tourism Project

Senator Spilka Fights to Protect $250,000 Allocation for Local Initiative

July 19, 2006 — Senator Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland) has reported that the Legislature recently successfully overrode Governor Mitt Romney’s veto of $250,000 earmarked for the Hopkinton Athletic Association’s “Running for the Human Race” tourism project, extending for Hopkinton the positive economic impact of the Boston Marathon.

Senator Spilka commented, “The ‘Running for the Human Race’ tourism project will be an enormous boon to the Town of Hopkinton and to the entire region.  There is so much potential to capitalize on the annual excite of the Boston Marathon and further the tourism and economic development in the area that comes with it.  While I am disappointed that Governor Romney would choose to veto funding for this project, I am very pleased that my colleagues in the Legislature joined me in supporting this most worthwhile initiative and overriding this veto.”

     The provision is part of Section 89 of the Legislature’s 2006 economic stimulus package, House 5057, An Act Relative to Economic Investments in the Commonwealth to Promote Job Creation, Economic Stability, and Competitiveness in the Massachusetts Economy.  The veto was overridden in the state House of Representatives by a vote of 146 to 11 and in the state Senate by a vote of 34 to 2, easily clearing the two-thirds requirement in both houses of the Legislature. ~ Contributed content

Hopkinton Teen Among MA Junior Golfers Advance to National Tournament


July 19, 2006 —Four Massachusetts junior golfers out of a field of 46 have captured slots at the national 38th Trusted Choice Big “I” Junior Classic after competing in the Massachusetts Big “I” Junior Classic State Finals on July 10 and 11, 2006 at the Crumpin Fox Club in Bernardston.
    In the Boys Division, Bryan Eger of Hopkinton won the tournament with a two day score of 151 (76, 75) on the very challenging Crumpin Fox Par 72 course. Closely behind Eger were second place Davis Mullany of Great Barrington with a two day total of 155 (77, 78) and third place Mark Kazanian of Methuen also with a two day total of 155 (75, 79). Mary Chamberlain of South Dennis won the Girls Division with a two day score of 161 (79, 82). The competition for the two-day tournament was keen, with two rain delays on Tuesday causing a major distraction for most.

    All four teens will be competing in the national Big “I” Junior Classic at the Odessa Country Club in Odessa, TX from July 30 through August 3, 2006. The Massachusetts Association of Insurance (MAIA), sponsor of the Massachusetts Big “I” Junior Classic State Finals will underwrite the costs of participation in the tournament, including transportation and a chaperone.
     The Big “I” Junior Classic State Finals also included a long drive competition. The winners included Robert Bruso of Auburn in the Boys Division and Mary Chamberlain in the Girls Division.  ~ Contributed content.

Grazing in the Grass

July 19, 2006 — This sheep enjoys grazing by the roadside for some fresh greens, something that will surely have her turning her nose away from hay in the future. Three sheep got loose at a Pond Street address and Officer Patrick O'Brien responded to put them back in their pen.

Yard sale on 7/22 from 8-11 am. Including:
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If you see this woman today, wish her a Happy 70th Birthday.

Hopkinton Education Foundation (HEF)

Finishes Strong Academic Year by Awarding Nine Grants


Successful golf tournament with Hopkinton Boosters Club sets fast start in new year


July 6, 2006 – The Hopkinton Education Foundation (HEF) has awarded nine grants totaling $69,000 to town schools.  Since its inception in 1992, the HEF has promoted excellence in education in the Hopkinton public schools by funding academic grants for teachers and administrators. 

     HEF grants are funded solely from donations by the community and through fundraisers held during the year.  This past year continued a strong history of ever-increasing community donations and support for HEF activities, with donations reaching a new level of over $80,000 in donations. File photo, HEF Gala Fundraiser 2006.

     As in past years, the competition for grants was intense, with requests totaling $118,000. Grants were awarded across a wide spectrum of grades and disciplines.  “It is getting more and more challenging each year to choose from the many excellent requests that we get,” said Jonica Preite, chair of the grant committee.  “The committee strives to award grants that have the most significant impact on the children, and we are confident we have accomplished that once again this year.” FULL STORY

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Green-eyed Lady?

July 18, 2006 — The dragonfly above posed for this photo for a long time at the Hopkinton Reservoir today. And although we don't really know its gender, we do know its eyes are a great vehicle for headline writers who use song titles for headline puns.

Teens steal mail in Hopkinton and Holliston

18 year old and 2 juveniles, 15 & 16 to be charged

July 18, 2006 — Officer Philip Powers is the lead investigator in a case that originated in Stow when the mother of Brandon H. Hoover, 18, brought him to the Stow Police Station with checks from Hopkinton residents that he then allegedly admitted to stealing from Hopkinton and Holliston mailboxes with two juveniles, a 15 year-old from Hopkinton, and a 16 year-old residing in Weston.

      According Officer Powers, Mr. Hoover admitted to going through mailboxes in Hopkinton and Holliston, while he drove and one passenger took the mail from nearly 50 mailboxes, and another passenger discarded anything that did not look like a check, card or cash.

      The roads affected by the crimes are Smith Road, Oak Street, Benson Road, Gibbon Road, Smith Mill Road and several in Holliston.

     "It is unknown if all of the mail has been recovered," said Officer Powers. "There may be more victims out there.

     "These are Federal offenses, but this is staying at the local level," Officer Powers said. "If the Postal Service wanted to get involved, they could have. But they chose not to," he said.

     The teens are expected to be charged with 18 Hopkinton and 25 Holliston counts of Larceny Under $250.

     "Over $1,000 worth of checks, some cash, and some cards were returned. These are are misdemeanor offenses, but if anyone succeeded in cashing the checks, it would be Larceny Over $250 as well as Forgery, which are felonies," said Officer Powers.    

July 18, 2006 — This water lily at Ice House Pond this morning is opening to the sky as its petals wait to embrace the next rain and the nearby bees,  and its golden stamen and pistil do a fiery dance to the sun.

"You should have seen the other ones!"

July 18, 2006 — Mike Pisello took a break to fish with his friend Barry Bennett while they waited for supplies to be delivered to a job. Mr. Pisello held up this two-pound large-mouth bass and lamented that the photographer had not been there for the really large catches.

Hopkinton assists at Milford Fire

July 17, 2006 — Hopkinton Fire Fighters answered a call for mutual aid to Milford where a residence fire on Water Street Brought fully outfitted firefighters out of the heat and into the fire. Above, taking a break, are Lt. William Miller, Firefighter Patrick Gross, Lt. Carl Harris, and firefighter Doug Lewis. The tent in the rear was set up to bring relief to firefighters who took part in knocking down the fire and those who assisted on this day of near record heat.

July 17, 2006 — HopNews beat Fox25 to the Fire in Milford today. The firefighters did a good job in knocking down the flames before either organization got there.

Summer fun

July 17, 2006 — The view from the causeway at West Main Street shows a very popular Lake Maspenock (North Pond) over the weekend. Sandy Island Beach is in the center.



     Rita Pierce of Hopkinton was elected to serve as 2006-2007 Lions Club District Governor  during the group’s convention held in May. As the leader of the Lions District 33-K, Pierce will travel to 46 clubs throughout the area to generate support for district-wide service activities.  She will also present International President Jimmy Ross’s programs and discuss the Lion’s various efforts, such as Massachusetts Lions Eye Research, local Leo Club programs, and Campaign Sight First II. Accelerating local service activities will be a high priority for her as well as recruiting additional service minded residents to assist individual clubs. As a district leader, she will work to assist clubs in their communities.

     A member of the Hopkinton Lions Club since 1992, Pierce has served as vice district governor, district membership chairman, club president, Lion of the Year and is a Melvin Jones Fellow.  She was installed at the Lions 89th International Convention, which was held in Boston, June 30 to July 4, where over 15,000 Lions, representing 200 countries, convened.



9:28 pm While performing a motor vehicle stop, Sgt. Charles Wallace and Officer Gregg DeBoer made an arrest for a narcotics violation on West Main Street...

1:18 pm Parents brought their son into the station because he had stolen pieces of mail, including checks, with some other teenagers...


1:50 am Sgt. Charles Wallace spoke with a party who claimed to have been assaulted with a hand gun...


12:18 am  A caller on North Mill Street reported that her six year old daughter was six hours overdue from the Six Flags amusement park.  She stated that her daughter was with their 17 year old babysitter... 


Second suspect sought

“Please don’t hurt me” ~ Victim


(Milford, MA.) July 17, 2006 — Robert A. Gagne, 23, of Natick MA, was arrested early this morning by Natick Police and picked up by Milford Police who have charged him the following criminal violations: (1) Armed Robbery, (2) Kidnapping, (3) Conspiracy and (4) Threatening to commit a crime (Murder) and (5) Assault and Battery.  A second suspect is also being sought in connection of the crime.


     On Sunday July 16, 2006 at approximately 10:17 pm, the Mass State Police alerted the Milford Police that a cell phone caller had called from the vicinity of Stoney Brook Lane and Sidney Road.  They heard a voice pleading with someone “Please don’t hurt me”.  Then a witness in the same vicinity called Milford Police reporting he observed two males beating another male outside the apartment building at 20 Claudette Drive.  The witness also heard screaming and went outside and observed two males force another into a vehicle and flee the area.  The witness provided police with a description of the motor vehicle.

     Later an 18 year old male subject reported at the police station that he was kidnapped on Depot Street by being forced into a motor vehicle.  The suspects had driven him to the rear parking lots of the Sherwood apartments on Claudette Drive where they assaulted and threatened to kill him while demanding money from him.  The victim reported the pair threatened to shoot him while pointing a firearm at his face.  After the suspects searched and found no money on the victim, they had the victim call a friend who retrieved some money fro the victim’s car which was parked on Depot Street.  The suspect’s then brought the victim back and one of them handed the victim’s keys to a friend of the victim.  The victim’s friend retrieved some money from the parked vehicle, handed it to the victim who was inside the suspect’s car.  The victim then handed the money over to the suspects who then had driven away down the street with the victim still in the car.  The suspects then released the victim from the car.  The victim was able to get the vehicle’s license plate registration number and provided it to police.

     The arrested suspect will be brought to Milford District Court on Monday July 17, 2006 for arraignment and Milford Police are seeking complaints for a second suspect involved in the incident.

     The case remains under investigation by members of the Detectives and Patrol Divisions.  Primary investigators on the case are Detective Richard Belanger and Officer David Falvey.

Car vs. Guard Rails

July 16, 2006 — The 36 year-old male driver of the green/blue compact vehicle slid (Bottom left of photo) quite a distance before denting this guard rail and sliding across the road. The paint from the vehicle can be seen on the guard rail. The driver was transported to Milford Hospital accompanied by Officer Aaron O'Neil, who also accompanied him back to Police Headquarters to be booked for OUI Liquor.

    Below, Officer Gregg DeBoer directs traffic and assists Sgt. Charles Wallace, who is measuring the skid marks.

Approving glance

July 16, 2006 — The Parks and Recreation Department Concerts on the Common held its second Sunday concert of 2006. Above CocoBanana Band gets an approving look from Grace Hughes, 2, and her mom.

Batter up

July 16, 2006 — Sara Cahill, 5 1/2,  is batting this ball to her brother and mother at the Concerts on the Common this evening.

Heat relief

July 16, — These local teens found the waters of Lake Whitehall to be a cure for the heat this afternoon. The rope swing is not a sanctioned activity on Lake Whitehall, and activity there is often monitored by Hopkinton Police.

Comfort Zone

July 16, 2006 — Heather Axworthy and Michael Neece, who were recently married, enjoy the morning on Hopkinton Common, sitting on the recently installed bench, next to the recently installed barrel. Their wedding ceremony had been planned for the Common on June 24, but a deluge kept them at their Ash Street home for the ceremony and reception.

     "According to the Greeks," said Ms. Axworthy, "the more rain, the more pleased the gods are."

                Hopkinton athlete to compete for cures


July 16, 2006 — This past spring, the sport of running lost two dedicated and enthusiastic participants with the tragically premature deaths of Dan Peterson and Andy Welzel.

     Both men were talented runners, loving fathers and generous mentors to fellow athletes.  Although I only ran with each of them a few times, their energy, spirit, and sense of humor made a lasting impression on me.  

      I entered the Half Vermont Journey, a half-Ironman triathlon, to complete in the 1.5 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride, and 13.1 mile run to honor the memories of these two special athletes.

     I believe decided that the best way to honor the contribution made by these two men to the lives of the people around them is to raise money to fight the deadly diseases that ended their lives much too early.

                 Please consider sponsoring my effort with a check made out to The American Cancer Society, the Lance Armstrong Foundation, SHADE, the Curt and Shonda Schilling Melanoma Foundation, or PanCAN, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Checks can be sent to me at the address below and I will make sure that they reach the foundation of your choice. Thank you very much for support. ~ Julie DeWaele

      Julie DeWaele, 2 Erika Drive, Hopkinton, MA 01748

No Roman Candle here

July 16 — If life imitates art, then some Fourth of July fireworks have apparently inspired this bursting flower, being treated delicately by this tiny bee at Ice House Pond yesterday.

Frog and Pony Show

July 16, Nate Krozy, 3 1/2, and Nyah Gazda,4, enjoyed the pony rides at the Golden Pond Kids Day yesterday.

    In the photo below, a frog at the Golden Pond, officially called Ice House Pond, displays eyes that may have inspired mechanical turrets on man-made devices.

Project Just Because, Inc Back To School Program


     Sign up by going onto www.projectjustbecause.org

Go to Back to school Program For those in need  sign up by August 1st.

     Pick- up for those who signed up will be Friday August 18th 7:30 AM -NOON

at 209 Hayden Rowe Project Just Because.

      Anyone knowing a family in need that we may help  make that first day of school special please contact us.

 ~Cherylann Lambert Walsh. 508-435-6511

Golden goose duck

July 16, 2006 — This duck is basking in a golden glow from the setting sun on the Hopkinton Reservoir yesterday. The duck played unusual attention to people and an inclination to swim toward people on the shore, while keeping a respectable distance. It appears a wing may be damaged.

MOMS Ice Cream Social

August 16th, 10:30 am

Hopkinton Common


     The MOMS Club of Hopkinton is a support group for mothers of young children in Hopkinton. We offer playgroups, kids' activities, moms' activities, service projects and many other ways to get to know other moms in town. More information about the club can be found on the website: www.momsclubhopkinton.org .

    People considering becoming a member should join the Club for a morning of music and ice cream. All Moms are invited to the MOMS Club Ice cream social on August 16th at 10:30 on the Hopkinton Town Common for a performance of children's music by Ed Morgan followed by an ice cream treat. RSVP to


From the office of Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz:


Operation Trenchcoat nabs 11 alleged sexual predators

List includes Plymouth Board of Selectman member, Sean Dodgson


July 16, 2006 — Eleven men  were arrested on Friday and Saturday and charged with various criminal offenses related to each defendant’s activity as an on-line sexual predator as a result of “Operation Trenchcoat”, a combined law enforcement investigation leading to these arrests.

“Operation Trenchcoat” is a joint law enforcement effort involving the following state federal, local, and county agencies:

The Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office
The Massachusetts State Police Detectives Unit Assigned to the Plymouth County DA’s Office, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department, including their HEAT team (High-
Technology Evidence Analysis Team).
Troop D and the Computer Forensic Unit of the Massachusetts State Police
Marshfield Police Department
Kingston Police Department
Plymouth Police Department
Wareham Police Department
     The purpose of “Operation Trenchcoat” was to identify, apprehend and prosecute Internet predators who were attempting to lure children into meeting them for the purpose of unlawful sexual intercourse. Using undercover identities and posing as minors on line...FULL STORY

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Local boy in national competition

July 15, 2006 — Local resident Drew Dawson, age 12, will be competing at the national and world level at The 69th All American Soapbox Derby, being held at Derby Downs in Akron, Ohio on July 22, 2006.  Drew, a 2006 Rally Champion, will be representing Hopkinton, his Soapbox Derby "local" of Northampton, MA, and as a member of the AASBD District 9, covering most of the northeast seaboard.

     From fall of 2005 to spring of 2006, Drew and his family traveled to races in MA, CT, NH, NY, and ME, earning enough points to earn the Rally Champion moniker.  Similar to racing in NASCAR, AASBD's main sponsor, has adopted the program as an important teaching and team-building youth initiative, along with co-national sponsor Levi-Strauss & Company.

     Drew drives his gravity-powered car in the Superstock Division (there are 3 divisions), it's painted yellow with black racing stripes to emulate a Ford GT.  Drew is currently looking for formal sponsorship from Ford.  Drew will compete with about 500 other racers from around the country, as well as Europe.  The festivities in Akron start the week before the "main event" July 22, to include a downtown Akron parade, police escorts, a signing-in on the official AASBD Champion Register, and 5 fun-filled days leading up to the single-elimination race, focusing on the kids, their achievement, and their champion-level status.  If interested, visit www.aasbd.org.

     Drew and his dad would like to thank the Barnes Family: Bob, Karen, JR, Megan, and Patrick, also of Hopkinton, for their support, guidance, and sacrifices, allowing Drew to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.  Way to go "Barnsey", you got him there!  T.D.

Pumpkin bug?

July 15, 2006 — This pumpkin-colored bug looks even more interesting and Halloween-like after noticing that the spots on its back, looking from its front, look like the eyes and teeth of a Jack-o-lantern, enough to stop any bird-brained predator.

Small Holders Alliance, Liberty Ark Coalition and area farmers invite you to:


     Join us at the State House’s Great Hall for a Legislative Day about NAIS on

Wednesday, July 19th, at 10:30 am.

      This will include a hearing with legislators, and face to face visits with area legislators.

      If you’d like to speak, please contact Pat Stewart at 978-827-1305.

If you’d just like to show your support, we’d love it!
     Can’t make it to Boston? Call, Fax or Email your Senator and Representative.
Tell them that the NAIS isn’t necessary. Let them know how much you value our rural lifestyle, freedom of choice and privacy, Most of all, let them know that this program is noticed, and not wanted.

      What is NAIS? A Federal program that wants every farm, stable and premises that has one piece of livestock to register with a GPS tracking number. Then, every livestock animal or horse will need to be chipped, or tagged with a unique 15 digit code. AND every time that animal loses its tags, leaves the property, visits a vet, another farm, a show, the owner must report within 24 hours of risk a hefty fine.

Massachusetts has already made this Mandatory, and is implementing the Premises program now!

~Gwenyth Browning Jones Santagate     http://www.thepenzancehorse.com/  

Caliper Life Sciences is here to stay

Cutting edge company facilitating cures, including cancer

Above, Hopkinton resident and Caliper CEO Kevin Hrusovsky showing off the LabChip 3000 machine to a group of seventy fellow Chamber of Commerce members and community residents.


by Robert Falcione

July 14, 2006 — Caliper Life Sciences at Elmwood Park in Hopkinton has made a huge investment in infrastructure recently, as part of their long range plan to remain in Hopkinton for at least another ten years. The company, formerly known as Zymark, a pioneer in laboratory robotics, went through a merger with Caliper, a company that had been showing a loss, and came out on top of the management team.

       This morning, Caliper presented an overview of the history of their company and a tour of their facilities.

      Scott Richardson, principal of the architectural firm Gorman-Richardson Architects that designed the rejuvenation of the of the facility, was on hand as the President of the Chamber of Commerce to present Caliper with a Certificate of Appreciation for "Investing in Our Community."  It was a thanks for the forward thinking material commitment as well as the many charities the company takes under its wing.

       Mary Harrington from Senior Housing and Sally Almy and Amy Wilson Kent from the Senior Center were there to thank Mr. Hrusovsky for his company's as well as some the employees' recent contributions of material and time. The company donated all of the furniture for the offices of the new Senior Center, which should be opening this fall.

       And in addition to a $6,000 contribution to the Hopkinton Schools, Caliper has a laundry list of other benefactors such as the Police and Fire, the Respite Center Project Just Because, Junior Achievement, science fairs, golf, robotics and more, totaling $50,000.

       The company's current focus is to provide the drug industry with the tools to speed their trials. FULL STORY.

Flight Deck

July 14, 2006 — This seagull over Lake Whitehall this afternoon looks like a sailor giving signals on the flight deck. He was inspecting the nearby fisherman's catch, as well as the behavior of the photographer.

Poll Results

July 14, 2006 — The poll results are in on what people think Matt Amorello, Chairman of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority, should do after the collapse of a ceiling in one of the Big Dig tunnels and the death of an automobile passenger.

      After less than 10 hours, the results clearly indicate that a majority of HopNews readers believe Mr. Amorello should resign.

     Governor Mitt Romney has received legislative approval to take over control of the inspection process of the construction of the tunnels, as they continue to be shut down during the process.

     With 191 votes in about 10 hours, we know from experience that the majority of readers who plan of voting have done so. 62% believe Mr. Amorello should resign, 19% believe he should not. 12% felt it was politics. Those votes would have gone elsewhere if there had been only two questions

      In a similar poll on CBS4 Boston with only two questions, 74% voted for Mr. Amorello to resign, and 26% said he should not. Their poll did not specify voter totals, but it is believed that they have about 250 people participate in their polls.

      Neither poll purports to be scientific, but each probably reflects the general consensus.

 The Trip Album, Spiegel

Steve Spiegel has been good enough to share some photos from his trip to Alaska. Steve says, "Enjoy!" Mouse-over each thumbnail and see its respective full-sized image below!

Full panorama of Mount Denali below.

 The Trip Album, Bogasky

July 14, 2006 — Janice and Bill Bogasky share a photo of their experience in the Presidential Range. In the background is the peak of Mount Washington.


Bill and I took a 3-day hike on the Appalachian Trail in the White Mountains.  We hiked to the Appalachian Mountain Club's Mizpah Falls Hut the first night then started out the next morning for a 4 hour 4.8 mile hike over the Presidential Ridge to the Lake in the Clouds Hut (elevation 5050) at Mount Washington (elevation 6288).  We left at 730 AM to traverse the exposed (above the tree line) ridge.  Two hours later we found ourselves caught in a thunder and lightning storm that wasn't forecasted to arrive until afternoon.  We dropped our packs and metal poles, squatted and waited for the lightning to pass.  In the afternoon clearing we climbed Mount Washington.  On the hike back we conquered the summits of Mount Monroe (elevation 5384) , Mount Eisenhower (elevation 4761) and Mount Pierce (elevation 4130).  ~Janice

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Evening swim

July 13, 2006 — This rodent, muskrat or beaver, waited until the last human was out of the Main Beach at the State Park this evening before he jumped in and swam — literally — a few laps. Beavers are cool, but when they start diverting water in a way that causes humans  trouble, they are captured. And the nasty truth is that beavers do not get relocated, they get euthanized.

Cheryl Perreault's Poets' Corner

Aidan is a multi-talented 11 year-old resident of Hopkinton who will be attending  6th grade at Hopkinton Middle School in September. He is an outdoors enthusiast as well as a Beatles fan ( the rock and roll band as opposed to the insect), has his black belt in karate and has a great interest and talent in drama.

Aidan read this poem at the recent Bellingham Barnes and Noble Poetry reading which took place on June 25th and he can also be seen this month on HCAM TV after participating in the All Student Poetry Reading at the Hopkinton Public Library. ~Cheryl

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