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Autumn Wonderland

October 16, 2006 — The beauty of this early snow in Buffalo, NY, is tempered by the fact that the photo was taken while Hopkinton Firefighter Patrick Gross, wife Maria, and their children were stuck in the snowstorm in Buffalo for 12 hours.

Town Manager Committee whittles candidates down to three

 

Terri Ackerman, of Concord

Glen Fratto, of Arlington

Anthony Troiano of East Sandwich

 

by Robert Falcione

October 16, 2006 — The Selectmen held a joint meeting this evening with members of the Town Manager Search Committee, Michael Neece and Jean Vickers, who offered them their interviewing expertise, as well as the names and resumes of the three finalists, who their committee has chosen for a final interview by the Selectmen for the position of the Town of Hopkinton's very first Town Manager, as provided by the new Town Charter.

     Mr. Neece said that the finalists had been either Town managers or the number two person in a large community. All have Master's Degrees, Mr. Neece said.

     "See, we listened to you, Mary," he said, turning to Mary Pratt, referring to an apparent suggestion she had early on in the process.

    The Selectmen plan to formulate a series of questions that they can aggregate and cull at the next meeting, Monday, October 23, and then interview the candidates the following Monday. They plan to interview the candidates in Executive Session, and then vote in public session at another time.

    Mr. Neece said all of the candidates are enthusiastic about being the town's first Town Manager.

    Mr. Clark introduced a motion to put the name of the current Executive Secretary, Ted Kozak, onto to the list for consideration for the job of Town Manager, but was outvoted 3-2 with Len Holden also voting in the affirmative. Mr. Kozak has performed many of the types duties of a Town Manager, but has had to defer many important decisions to the Selectmen. The Charter Commissioners have previously said that the Town manager's job will not add a position, just a new title with new responsibilities, meaning that the new Town Manager will perform the duties formerly performed by the Executive Secretary as well as having additional authority.

     Mr. Clark said, "It was the decent thing to do for someone who worked for the town for 17 years, who got 4 of 5 outstanding performance reviews."

     Selectman Mary Pratt said that she voted in the negative, because, "I think there would be legal ramifications." Mr. Neece and Ms. Vickers had emphasized the importance of asking each candidate exactly the same questions, and Mrs. Pratt's reasoning seemed to speak to that procedure.

Water Tank back on line ~ Second test also negative

 

October 16, 2006 — The additional sample that we took at the West Main Street Tank on Friday came back negative (no bacteria) for the second straight time.  He have put the tank back on-line with the system. ~ Eric Carty, Water/Sewer Manager

Poll results ~ Skewed again!

    

 

     The preliminary poll results are in for the Governor's race, but they appear manipulated.

     It is not in the best interests of HopNews to speculate or define a closed set of reason as to how it can be done, but it appears that someone with a lot of time and few scruples has added scores of votes to Kerry Healey's total.

      Mrs. Healey's votes have surged several times during the poll, a phenomenon that indicates tampering. In addition, for an 11-hour poll, the total is high.

Whitehall Injunction "Taken under Advisement"

Citizens' Petition heard in Superior Court

Nation attorney wants decision tomorrow, Tuesday

 

by Robert Falcione

 

October 16, 2006 — Middlesex Superior Court Justice Nonnie Burnes heard arguments this afternoon from Town Counsel Richard D'Angelis and Special Counsel John Dennis for the Town of Hopkinton, as well as from Hopkinton Attorney Jack Speranza, whose John Hancock was the first on the petition signed by 19 other people who want court intervention in the sale of the $2.685 million Whitehall property. And after hearing arguments, Justice Burnes took the matter under advisement.

      All parties agreed that the town may go forward with whatever it needs to in order to move toward the sale, and that includes negotiating an extension from Builder Ron Nation, who was referred to as a Trustee today, rather than the owner of the property.

      Today was a hearing to see if the temporary  injunction, granted last Thursday against the sale of the Whitehall property "as written," would be made permanent, or lifted, until the case can be heard on its merits. The town was given 20 days to respond in that matter. The injunction was not lifted.

      After hearing the same arguments that have been reported in the media for weeks, the urgency of action by Justice Burnes was tempered by all sides finally agreeing that their was no immediate urgency for action.

     An Attorney for Mr. Nation said that he expected Mr. Nation to agree to an extension, because "...he has been paying interest since July." The judge noted October 24, but the parties have been negotiating for a November 10 date, in order to learn of the grant application results and time for Treasurer Maureen Dwinnell to borrow the money.

     He also said that if he does not get results by November, Mr. Nation will pursue other options.

POLICE NEWS UP-TO-DATE today, August 16, 2006

 

11:41 pm The Ashland Police Department reported that they received a call of a car that was off the road on East Street. Detective Scott Van Raalten and Officers William Burchard and Jacob Campbell responded and found the motor vehicle in the woods with no one around the area of the crash...

 

5:01 pm The State Police reported an erratic operator on Route 85.  The caller described the vehicle as a blue older model Ford Explorer.  The caller also stated that the operator was bobbing their head...

 

11:18 pm A caller reported that a suspicious male was yelling, growling and ranting on Coburn Road...

Hopkinton visitor elected Mayor of Marathon, Greece

 

October 16, 2006 — Spyros Zagaris, who visited Hopkinton last year during the dedication of the Mico Kaufmann statue commemorating Stylianos Kyriakides, who won the 1946 Boston Marathon and brought attention to his country's plight, has been elected Mayor of Marathon, Greece by a majority of 53.15%, according to a forwarded email from Dimitri Kyriakides, son of Stylianos.

     Mr. Zagaris accompanied Mr. Kyriakides on the trip for the dedication of his father's monument and during the surrounding events that brought Hopkinton and Marathon, Greece to become "fraternal" cities as a result of their common interest in the marathon.

     Timothy Kilduff, who was instrumental in bringing the New Balance-commissioned statue to Hopkinton, prophetically introduced Mr. Zagaris as, "The next Mayor of Marathon, Greece," at a breakfast reception for Mr. Kyriakides earlier this year that featured former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis.

     Mr. Zagaris takes office in January, 2007. Original story.

 Senior Moments

Seniors have no excuse to sit around

by Ann Di Leo

  October 16, 2006 — BOO….TRICK OR TREAT!!!! People in Hopkinton are well prepared for Halloween with pumpkins, goblins, and other scary decorations. Davis Road is particularly well decorated this year, there is a lively group here.

     Pictured  are the witches and warlocks of Davis Road  right here at unit 91 waiting to scare neighbors. The entire otherworldly group belongs to Della Miles. A welcome new neighbor.

     Brampton Circle Club will give seniors a chance to doll-up or ware-down, depending on temperament, Oct. 30, beginning at 6 p.m. at  $3  each, for an evening of Halloween fun, with dinner, costumes, prizes, and who knows what ???

     After all the tricks or treats I think I’ll just get on my broom and fly away!

     But…Wait….there must be life after Halloween.

     We now have breakfast and lunch at the new Senior Center which is nearby, and always welcoming. There are so many activities there every day. Seniors have no excuse to sit around. George, our bus driver is still available to pick up seniors around town and still takes them shopping, and to the mall as well as the Center.

        After all the fun and games the next most important date for seniors is Wednesday, Nov. 8 at the Senior Center, when seniors will be offered a Health Clinic. Many health issues will be addressed personally, including the EYE MOBILE offered by the Lion’s Club, which offers eye and hearing tests. Contact the Board of Health at 508-497-9725 for more information.

     And don’t forget, there will be plenty to do from now on, with all the activities at the Senior Center;: tai chi, line dancing, reading,  playing cards, volunteering to help. So don’t prepare to sit in front of the TV until spring. …trick or treat….

Love , Annie

Lake Whitehall in fall

October 15, 2005 — The wind was brisk over Lake Whitehall on Friday. The peninsula on the right is where the interior land is located that the town has entered into a contract to purchase from Ron Nation. On Monday at 2:00 pm in Cambridge, the Town will have a chance to answer a temporary injunction filed by 20 residents that has halted that $2.685 sale.

And now, for something completely different...

October 15, 2006 — The sky over Sandy Beach looked like a scene from the Alfred Hitchcock movie, The Birds. The number of birds shown above was only about one tenth of the total of birds that flew past.

Hopkinton Community Endowment numbers in

$26, 835 + $25,000 + $25,000 = $76,835 and counting !

October 15, 2006 — The Hopkinton Community Endowment Telethon, a show to raise money for an endowment that its promoters want to reach $1 million, raised $26,835 in pledges from the internet and over the telephone today that will be matched with $25,000 in donations from businesses, and $25,000 from private individuals, according the the Master of Ceremonies, Chuck Joseph.

      Mr. Joseph added that he expects another 30% of the donations to come in after the show, because the callers left messages on the machines of people who were not reached during the three hour period.

       The endowment most recently purchased a police cruiser for Hopkinton Police Department.

Movers and Shakers

Tambourines heard 'round the world

by Elizabeth Eidlitz

 

October 15, 2006 — The opening of Hopkinton’s new senior center, no longer a depressed basement room in the Town Hall but a separate expanse of light and window views, should be marked with French horns and drum rolls — or a shaking of tambourines by residents, inspired by their counterparts 25 miles to the north.

Redefining “movers and shakers,” 16 spirited senior citizens from Concord meet weekly to slap and rattle tambourines bedecked with red, white and blue ribbons. Rehearsing for performances, these “Senior Shakers of the Council on Aging” practice a series of “sitting dances” and a medley of musical maneuvers.

The group of 3 men and 13 women, --the youngest member is 74; the oldest, 94-- began 4 years ago after a COA outreach worker, Margaret A'Hearn, showed them a performance video and training tape she’d been sent, and asked, “Think we can do that?”

The response, “Why don’t we try it?” spurred the seniors to order $9 tambourines, collect sheet music, and acquire tapes of the folk favorite “Turkey in the Straw,” and Scott Joplin music, the group choice. COMPLETE STORY

Check out Lake Maspenock Preservation Association Web Site

Hopkinton Community Endowment

Telethon October 15, 2006 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. on HCAM Channel 8

October 15, 2006 — HCAM Station Manager Jim Cozzens speaks to someone off camera while Community Producer Kathleen Culler puts some powder on the show's Master of Ceremonies, Chuck Joseph, today before the start of the program.

Lose your troubles

October 15, 2006 — Today, Fr. Michael Billingsley blessed the new labyrinth built at St. Paul's Church on Wood Street by Sean Donahue as part of his Eagle Scout project.  The flagstones came from Camp Macgregor in Vermont, where there is an old quarry on site.

     "It is a path with no dead ends, no blind corners, that will lead you to that central place where is our soul, where we can meet with God.

     "It is an invitation to leave those things aside that bring us down, aside, leave those things behind,"  said Fr. Billingsley.

     A participant is expected to walk slowly toward the center giving themselves time to communicate with God.

ESL Beauty Pageant

October 15, 2006 — Mark Laumeister put on his best tutu for ESL's Chubby Cherub Beauty Pageant, a skit during last night's ESL Live at Woodville Rod and Gun, that included a Tonya Harding type of incident.

October 15, 2006 — That's really spooky stuff across from the basketball nets in front of the Middle School.

The right stuff

October 15, 2006 — Lyn Calkins showed her style yesterday at the start of the 2nd Annual Hopkinton Tennis Tournament that will continue today, in addition to both days next weekend.

Fatal Crash in Wrentham ~ Man Charged with MV Homicide and OUI

 

October 15, 2006 — At about 9:50 p.m. last night, State Police responded to a two vehicle crash on Route 495 North, just south of Route 1A in Wrentham.

 

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Denise Adams indicates that Brian F. Harland, age 34, of 14 Crocker Ave. Franklin, operating a 2005 Ford F10 Pickup, was traveling in the left lane of Route 495 North just south of Route 1A in Wrentham. His vehicle swerved to the right across three lanes and struck a 1995 Saturn SL being operated by Paul J. Rudeen, age 21, of Framingham. The collision caused the Saturn to go off the roadway, rollover and travel into the wooded area. Mr. Rudeen suffered serious injuries and was declared deceased at the scene. The Ford Pickup came to rest in the right travel lane.

 

Brian Harland suffered minor injuries and was placed under arrest at the scene for:

1. Operating a Motor Vehicle under the Influence of Alcohol

2. Speed

3. Operating after Suspension of License

4. Operating a Motor Vehicle as to Endanger

5. Motor Vehicle Homicide

 

Wrentham Fire Department, Mass Highway, State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, and State Police Crime Scene Services Section, assisted troopers at the scene.

 

Three lanes of Route 495 North were closed for approximately four hours. File photo

And Now, the News, ESL Style (VIDEO)

October 14, 2006 — ESL Theater put on the second night of their ESL Live performance at the Woodville Rod and Gun Club this evening to a sold-out crowd. Their irreverent and risqué humor hit home with spoofs of well known people and politicians in Hopkinton, as well as national figures. Above, Jean Vickers and Keith Rowe keep straight-faced while the audience breaks up.

Oh say can you say...

October 14, 2006 — Husband and wife team Mary Scarlata-Rowe and Keith Rowe spoof State Police Ret. Sgt. Dan Clarke, who sings the National Anthem at the Marathon each year, as part of ESL Live this evening. The group performed several skits in the genre of Saturday Night Live to uproarious laughter for the last two evenings at the Woodville Rod and Gun Club.

Checking in with Hopkinton

October 14, 2006 — These folks above are just one of a number of volunteer teams from the First Congregational Church of Hopkinton, who are canvassing the town with advice about smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and their batteries, and house numbers, which they will order for residents for delivery in November.

     

     The volunteers will continue their work Sunday, October 15, 2006.

Three years

October 14, 2006 — Tracy and Lynn were on hand today for Hopkinton Wine and Spirits Third Anniversary open house and wine tasting.

Official Open House

October 14, 2006 — Volunteer Jack Palitsch shows off the stainless steel kitchen to a visitor today at the new Hopkinton Senior Center's Open House.

Teach them early

October 14, 2006 — Jen White and Danny, 4 months, arrived early to the Hopkinton Trails Club hike in Hopkinton State Park this morning.

October 14, 2006 — These State Park workers, Supervisor Richard Trubiano, Ranger Deanna Collins and Sean look over the gathering group from the Hopkinton State Park this morning as they prepared for a group hike.

     Mr. Trubiano said that the workers would accompany the group, splitting it into thirds, in case they had any questions during their hike.

Ah, my little...

October 14, 2006 — This chickadee let the photographer very close before it flew off, yesterday in Hopkinton.

Super Fans

October 14, 2006 — These Hopkinton students were just a few of the Super Fans near the end zone who were cheering more loudly than the official loudspeakers at last night's game.

Hopkinton Wine and Spirits 3rd Anniversary Open House

Open House & Grand Tasting

Saturday, October 14, 1 – 6 PM

Want to taste over 50 great wines? Join your friends at Hopkinton Wine & Spirits at the wine event of the year! Open House & Grand Tasting Saturday, October 14, 1 – 6 PM. Enhance your wine knowledge with some of the region’s leading wine experts. Don’t miss this opportunity to taste wines from around the world.

77 West Main Street (at Lumber Street). 508-435-1292

Hopkinton 35, Millis 6

Hopkinton history made

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October 13, 2006 — Hopkinton Hillers Football team poured out the bench this evening as they built a huge lead against Millis, and the first female Hopkinton varsity player hit the field — photos 4th and 5th from  the left, above. Peter Marso's report follows:

by Peter Marso

     Senior Caroline Wood became the first female football player in history to play for Hopkinton High School, as the Hillers buried the Millis Mohawks 35-6 in a Tri-Valley League game played tonight in Hopkinton. Wood was put in the game as a member of the kick off team becoming the first female to play in a varsity game.

     She later went in as a wide receiver as the Hillers won a big game from the Mohawks. Paul Ostrander continued to make spectacular catches and Mark Sanborn was five for five from the kicking game. John Sables sacked the Millis quarterback three times and Will Morningstar was tremendous on defense.

     There were many high points on the night as the Hillers were playing great football after being stolen from victory last Friday against Holliston. Matt Potenza who was coming off of an injury scored two touchdowns — and the big yardage picked up by Anthony Tomasz.

     The Hillers will now have to take on the spoiler role, as they have had a great season. The night has to go to Caroline Wood as she has put herself into the History Book. Congratulations to her and her determination to play High School Football. A great courageous act of willingness!! 

Water Samples Update ~ No coliform ~ Tank offline until one more test

 

Re-tests of the water at West Main Street tank and the up and downstream sites all came back clean (no Coliform Bacteria).  An inspection of the tank was conducted by a professional company and no defects were found. We again flushed hydrants in the area and took another sample of the tank today and we will have the results on Monday. Although the tanks tests results came back fine, we wanted to take one additional sample to make sure everything is fine and we are leaving the tank off-line until those results come back. We will also be consulting with our engineers to determine what additional steps can be taken to help prevent future problems. ~  Eric Carty, Water-Sewer Manager

Likes Woodville land

Editor,
     R.J. Dourney noted that this was a beautiful piece of property but felt it cost too much. I disagree for several reasons. First, while the property is beautiful, it's more than that. In my view it is a linchpin property - the type of property that it is essential to preserve because it maintains the value of the surrounding resource. Lake Whitehall is a special place in eastern Massachusetts, a lake that provides a true wilderness feeling in a suburban area. A lake with a floating island of black spruce and tamaracks; a special place. The feeling of wilderness is diminished each time a new development occurs along the shore. This individual parcel is beautiful, yes, but more importantly it is a key to the overall beauty that is this special resource.

FULL LETTER

Practice makes perfect

October 13, 2006 — These Hopkinton senior citizens practiced their volleyball skills today at the new Senior Center, playing "chair volleyball." Some of them talked about challenging seniors in surrounding towns.

Selectmen defer Whitehall action until after Monday court hearing

"Every person on the Board of Selectmen — every one wants to do what's right for the town."

~Chairman Muriel Kramer

October 13, 2006 — The Selectmen met this morning with Town Counsel Richard D'Angelis and Special Counsel John Dennis, and upon their recommendations, deferred decisions on the Whitehall property until a hearing Monday in Superior Court that will determine whether to continue the temporary injunction it granted against the sale of the Woodville property until a hearing can be held on its legitimacy. Treasurer Maureen Dwinnell also attended the meeting.

     "I would  not want to take any action until you speak with bond counsel," attorney D'Angelis advised Mrs. Dwinnell. "I can't pass judgment on the boding," he said.

      "I have to notify the bank about the IG and the injunction [Stories below]," said Mrs. Dwinnell, referring to the investigation by the Inspector General. According to sources at this morning's meeting, the IG sanctioned the sale according the questions asked of counsel Angela Atchue of that office.

    The injunction that was filed and received by the Selectmen's Office late yesterday has put the town in a position of asking for another extension, something they had planned to do anyway because a grant that was applied for will not be made known until the end of October.

     "I spent time with the seller, Angela Atchue, the State grant agent, because I needed a better sense on closing. And in speaking with Mr. Nation, I made a pitch to extend the closing for a reasonable time to learn about the grant," said Attorney Dennis. "It would not be reasonable to force the town to forfeit the grant," he said.

      Mr. D'Angelis asked rhetorically how the sale could be reversed if the judge finds merit in the restraining order.

     "With this new information, all bets could be off with Mr. Nation," said Selectman Michael Shepard.

     "I want to discuss that in executive session," said Selectman Mary Pratt, although it is unclear if she was addressing Mr. Shepard or  other chatter at the table. Chairman Muriel Kramer asked for a motion to go into executive session.

      Selectman Ron Clark said that people have legitimate questions about the purchase price and the appraisals.

     "If the purchase price had been $2 million, there'd be no question," he said.

     "At GE, we were taught that besides the legal thing, do the right thing," he said.

     He mentioned that many of the names on the petition for the injunction were not familiar ones in town politics.

     "When you see names like this, it is the silent majority," he said, using a line coined by Richard Nixon, who resigned the Presidency in disgrace.

     "No speeches, please," said Mrs. Kramer. "It is not in the best interests of the town."

     After the Executive Session that lasted close to an hour, Attorney Dennis said, "I don't think we've been served yet." He went on to say that he got his copy of the document from HopNews.

     In answer to a reporter's question about preparations that could be done in the meantime, Mrs. Kramer said, "To be conservative, we decided not to do anything until Monday," referring to the court hearing.

     In the hallway speaking to reporters, after the Selectmen had left their closed meeting laughing loudly, Mrs. Kramer said, "Every person on the Board of Selectmen — every one wants to do what's right for the town."

Whitehall sale derailed

Preliminary Injunction granted - hearing on Monday

 

"Until such hearing, WE COMMAND YOU, said Town of Hopkinton and your agents attorneys and counselors, and each and every one of them, to desist and refrain from finalizing the proposed purchase of the Whitehall Property as presently structured"    ~ Barbara J. Rouse, Esquire, Chief Justice of the Superior Court at Cambridge, Massachusetts this 12th day of October, 2006.

 

The Petitioners:

JACK SPERANZA, STEVEN BRYANT, DOROTHY MARUSKA, VICKI HOLT, LEWIS HOLT, KATHERINE DLUGOLECKI, THADDEUS DLUGOLECKI, MAURA SHEA, SUSAN LAMPERT, GERALD LAMPERT, ANNE SCHNEIDER, MICHAEL LAVOIE, DONNA LAVOIE, RICHARD BROUSSEAU, GARY HAROIAN, MARY LOU HAROIAN, DAVID HAMACHER, R.J. DOURNEY,
VASCEN BOGIGIAN, HENRY KUNICKI

 

October 12, 2006 — Ten residents have petitioned, and received from Superior Court, a preliminary injunction against the purchase of the Whitehall property for $2.685 million from Ron Nation that was to scheduled to close on Monday, October 16, 2006. However, one source told HopNews late this evening that the seller has agreed to extend the closing until November 10, in order to give the town time to receive notice of a grant of up to $500,000 from the state that it will be disqualified for if it closes before the award is announced.

       The show cause hearing in Cambridge is scheduled for October 16 at 2:00 pm, the day the land deal had been scheduled to close, after more than one extension had already been granted by the seller.

      The civil action declares that it is a "Petition under M.G.L. c.40 sec. 53 to restrain illegal appropriations," and asks this of the Court:

       1. A preliminary and potentially permanent order enjoining the Town of Hopkinton and its various
bodies politic from finalizing the proposed purchase of the Whitehall Property as presently
structured.
       2. A judgment declaring whether the Town has the legal or Constitutional authority to complete the
Whitehall Property purchase as presently structured;
      3. Such other relief as the Court deems just and appropriate.

    

      One surprising "Statement of Fact (#23)" included in the petition, apparently written by petitioner attorney Jack Speranza, is that the CPC (Community Preservation Commission) voted to recommend to Town Meeting an appropriation of $1.8 million from CPC funds during the spring of 2005.  If that is true, it means that the Hopkinton CPC had been negotiating to purchase the land at nearly the same time Ron Nation came before the Hopkinton Planning Board with plans to develop it, with the same individual as the Chairman of each body.

      Item 48 of the document quotes Mass. General Law, Chapter 40 Sec. 14 that says, "no lot of land shall be purchased for any municipal purpose by any city subject to this section for a price more than twenty-five per cent in excess of its average assessed valuation during the previous three years." in Item 49 the petition makes an argument against the expenditure of funds:

The approximate assessed valuations of the Whitehall Property for the Fiscal Year ending June 2004
through June 2006 are $569,800.00, 705,000.00, and 742,900.00, respectively. These assessments include a
private residence that is NOT part of the transaction at issue in this petition.

    The petition also questions the appraisals — noting that the appraiser who handed in the final appraisal that allowed the town to purchase the property, had originally been commissioned by the seller — and questions the legality based on the order of events.

     Read the Restraining Order and Summons here and the Petition here.    

Senior Center Blues

October  12, 2006 — George Reimann is volunteering for the Senior Center as a computer consultant, but no one has shown up today, leaving Mr. Reimann time to catch up on his reading.

Fall into color

October 12, 2006 — Leaf peepers don't have far to go this year as the local colors are brilliant and bold, as evidenced by this scene at the Hopkinton Reservoir this morning as the fog lifted and the sky remained grey.

TOWN OF HOPKINTON, DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS,  WATER/SEWER DIVISION

                               85 WOOD STREET,  P.O. BOX 171,  HOPKINTON, MA 01748, Ph. 508-497-9765 Fax 508-497-9767

 IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR DRINKING WATER

Recent Tests Showed Coliform Bacteria in

The Hopkinton Water System

 

     Although this incident was not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened and what we did to correct this situation.

      We routinely monitor for drinking water contaminants. We took 19 samples in October for coliform bacteria at all of our wells and at areas spread throughout the distribution system and the standard is that no more than one sample per month be positive. One sample taken on October 5th  and reported to us on the 10th  came back positive for the presence of colifrom bacteria.  The results were on the lower threshold of detection and required additional samples for confirmation.

      Repeat Samples taken on October 10th   and reported to us on the  11th  ,   (the samples are still in the confirmation stage), at the West Main Street tank and 2 samples in close proximity to the tank, appear to show coliform bacteria. We are continuing to investigate and correct the situation.

What should I do?

·    You do not need to boil your water or take other corrective actions. However, if you have specific health concerns, consult your doctor.

      People with severely compromised immune systems, infants, and some elderly may be at increased risk. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1 (800) 426-4791.

What does this mean?

      This is not an emergency. If it had been, you would have been notified immediately. Coliform bacteria are generally not harmful themselves. Coliforms are bacteria which are naturally present in the environment and are used as an indicator that other, potentially-harmful, bacteria may be present. Coliforms were found in more samples than allowed and this was a warning of potential problems.

      Usually, coliforms are a sign that there could be a problem with the system’s treatment or distribution system (pipes). Whenever we detect coliform bacteria in any sample, we do follow-up testing to see if other bacteria of greater concern, such as fecal coliform or E. coli, are present. We did not find any of these bacteria in our subsequent testing.

What happened? What was done?

Actions taken:

·         We contacted the DEP and consulted with officials in the drinking water office

·         We increased chlorination to the system.

·         We added chlorine directly to the water tank

·         As a precaution we have taken the tank off line from the system

·         We are investigating the potential source of the problem.

·         We are flushing fire hydrants in the area

·         We are having a detailed inspection of the tank scheduled. One was performed this past spring.

·         We will be taking additional samples and notifying the public when the issue is resolved.

 Eric Carty, Water-Sewer Manager

WINE AT FOOD STORE POLL RESULTS

 

     In a believable total number of total votes, 239 people responded to the poll question on the left. By a tiny margin, 52 % responded that they would like to see the new "wine at food store" license question pass.

     It is plausible that the strongest motivating factor is that people believe that the price of wine will go down because of increased competition. Many people argue that alcohol will be easier for young people to acquire.

    The HopNews poll does not qualify its respondents, so the error of margin is impossible to calculate. However, HopNews readers are likely to be more educated and younger than the general population, simply because they need computer skills to log on.

      Would the older population, who are less likely to be reading HopNews, be more inclined to vote against the proliferation of alcohol? We'll have the answer in about a month!

 

POLICE NEWS UP-TO-DATE

Today, October 12, 2006

 

8:40 pm A female from DiCarlo Road discovered the bike she claims to have left at the State Park missing...

 

7:58 pm Animal Control Officer William Proctor went to a Nicholas Road location to find a new location for a chipmunk...

 

8:10 pm A woman reported that she believes she hit a cat...

 

 
 
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