More words first in the Merriam-Webster in 1970.
The Periodic Table of Haiku - Hover over an element and a haiku poem for it will
appear. (Not on this site - you'll have to go to the page the link will take you to for
that to work.) As you can see, I was on copper when I got a screenshot of this.
Above - Bancroft Park in 1948. Also in the photo are the
garages on the left, Draper Field on the upper left, and
the Seven Sisters on the upper right.
Below - Google Earth view of Bancroft Park in June 2019.
Bancroft Park in 1900. Click here to
see more about the neighborhood.
In praise of prunes, from the EWG site.
Mendon in the spring. Photos from 1989 through 2006.
Thanks to Peg D for these.
Hopedale, etc. - April 2020
March ezine - Hopedale in 1920, Part 3
April ezine - Adin Ballou by Rev. John Hannom
Hopedale in March 2020
Hopedale in April 2019
Ezine Menu HOME
Notes from librarian's reports and trustees minutes on how the Bancroft Library dealt
with epidemics in the past.
1912 - We have adopted an approved plan for disinfecting books.
Voted – That the sincere thanks of the Trustees be extended to Mr. Messenger for his gift
to the library of the sterilizing case.
1918 – The library closed for six weeks due to the flu epidemic.
1922 - When measles held sway (in the Smith home, South Hopedale Branch Library)
books were brought directly from the main library in baskets and were placed in the yard
beside the road, and here – the weatherman being kind – all exchanges were made until
the house was fumigated. In the worse weather in winter one of the sons sometimes
delivers books by sled.
Click here to see the State of Massachusetts page on the epidemic. As the
days and weeks go by, some of the information above may be changed.
The Statue of Hope under its winter cover.
Click here to go to a history of the statue.
Thanks to Bruce G. for this.
This tree is eating a fence. That's the caption with the picture. Thanks
to Peg D for sending.
A familiar face? Probably it is to those of you who
attended Hopedale Jr Sr High in the 1960s and
1970s. It's one of a dozen or more Milford News
pictures of Hopedale people for sale on ebay.
As described above, the Hopedale Library was in the town hall from the time it opened
in 1887 until the opening of the Bancroft Library in 1899. Click here to see pictures of
the library and reading room when they were in the town hall.
Water over the dam at Freedom Street.
thought I'd put up these links again to pages with a bit of
information about the area.
A Walk Through the Parklands - First in a series of pages
that go around the pond. Each page has a link to the next.
1913 Parklands map.
Map from an Eagle Scout project done in 2014.
Gordon Hopper history of the Parklands
Brian Keyes - Hopedale MA Facebook Bulletin Board
Good Evening Hopedale Residents.
As many of you might have learned, it is with a heavy heart that I wanted to
post a message on the passing of John "Jack" Farrar Jr. this past
weekend. Jack has been serving as a Road Commissioner in the Town
of Hopedale for over 30 years. He has been a long time resident of
Hopedale and deeply loved and respected. I offer, along with the entire
Town and Board of Selectmen, our deepest condolences to his wife
Paula, the entire family and all his friends. I have asked all of our
departments, along with the schools, parks and organizations in town to
lower our flags to half mast tomorrow in honor of Jack.
Jack, we know how much you loved this Town and we love you back.
Thank you for your service to this country, the lengthy service to the
interests of our Town of Hopedale, but most importantly being a great guy
and a very special member to your family over the course of your great
and long life. Rest in Peace.
One death was reported Monday in Worcester County, a man in his 70s with
preexisting health conditions. Three deaths were reported in Worcester County
over the weekend, two people in their 90s and one in his 80s, all three with
Other Central Massachusetts communities with a high number of cases are
Fitchburg with 66 cases; Marlboro, 60; Shrewsbury, 52; Northboro, 31;
Leominster, 29; Westboro, 25; Clinton, 23; Northbridge, 24; Grafton, 22; Holden,
20; Webster, 19; Auburn, 18; and Milford 18.
Towns reporting 10 or more cases include Hudson, 16; Douglas, 16;
Southboro, 14; Sturbridge, 12; Southbridge, 12; Dudley, 12; Millbury, 11; and
Other area municipalities reporting confirmed cases, with their latest reported
numbers, include West Boylston, 9; Athol, 9; Blackstone, 9; Charlton, 9; Sutton,
9; Leicester, 6; Winchendon, 6; Boylston, 5; Lunenburg, 5; Spencer, 5;
Ashburnham, 4; Oxford, 4; Sterling, 4; Hopedale, 3; Ashby, 2; Barre, 1; Berlin, 1;
Bolton, 1; East Brookfield, 1; Lancaster, 1; Millville, 1; Phillipston, 1; and Upton, 1.
Towns with positive COVID-19 test results that chose not to report exact number
include Hubbardston, Mendon, Rutland and Templeton.
Towns not confirming or denying they have had confirmed COVID-19 cases
include Hardwick, Harvard, North Brookfield, Oakham, Paxton, West Brookfield
New Curbside pickup news.
E.L Harvey has decided to suspend all bulk pickups through the
month of April due to Covid-19. We will revisit at the end of the month .
We are taking these steps to protect our employees . This does
included white goods.
Please do not put your broken couch, chair, etc. out on the curb
expecting it to go away.Items left on the streetside could be cause for
a littering violation.
Bulletin Board page on Facebook.
And here's another familiar face to many.
It's also from ebay, and originally in the
Milford News. This one is from 1989.
And another Hopedale story on WCVB. This
was a parade of about 80 vehicles for a
birthday greeting to the boy in the picture
above, and also a thank you to his parents.
His mother is a doctor in the ICU at Milford
Hospital, and his father is a pharmacist. I
didn't catch the family name before the story
disappeared from where I had first seen it.
Drive-by distribution of school materials in Northbridge. We
walked by two schools there where this was happening. Across
the street from the view above, in front of the junior high school,
a masked man was dispensing Chromebooks to people as
they drove up to him.
At least four towns in the MetroWest and Milford regions are not
publicly reporting the number of confirmed positive coronavirus
cases in their communities.
On March 28, the state Department of Public Health
recommended that individual communities stop publishing the
number of COVID-19 cases to protect the privacy of patients.
However, reporting those numbers remains entirely up to each
individual community. From Wicked Local
I'd probably say "apaht," but anyway, you get the idea.
Thanks, Bruce. This one came with the caption -
How fast was the little @%$!!&* going?
If you're in Hopedale or vicinity, and want to do some walking, but are finding the
walking trails and their parking lots in the area too crowded, try the centers of
towns. In the last couple of weeks, I've walked in the center of Hopedale and five
other towns, and have passed by far fewer people than I did when I was still
walking the trails. I've only walked where there are sidewalks. There's plenty of
interesting architecture to see, and other sights you're not apt to notice when
passing by in a car. I presume you recognized Hopkinton in these pictures.
From The Boston Globe April 15.
Totals are for Massachusetts patients in hospitals.
The Hoyts in 2013, the year of the bombing.
DJ took this picture in Natick.
Half of us are going to come out of this quarantine as amazing cooks. The other half will come out with a
I used to spin that toilet paper like I was on Wheel of Fortune. Now I turn it like I'm cracking a safe.
I need to practice social-distancing from the refrigerator.
Still haven't decided where to go for Easter ----- The Living Room or The Bedroom
PSA: every few days try your jeans on just to make sure they fit. Pajamas will have you believe all is well in
Homeschooling is going well. 2 students suspended for fighting and 1 teacher fired for drinking on the job.
I don't think anyone expected that when we changed the clocks we'd go from Standard Time to the Twilight
Zone This morning I saw a neighbor talking to her cat. It was obvious she thought her cat understood her. I
came into my house, told my dog..... we laughed a lot.
So, after this quarantine.....will the producers of My 600 Pound Life just find me or do I find them?
Quarantine Day 5: Went to this restaurant called THE KITCHEN. You have to gather all the ingredients and
make your own meal. I have no clue how this place is still in business.
My body has absorbed so much soap and disinfectant lately that when I pee it cleans the toilet.
Day 5 of Homeschooling: One of these little monsters called in a bomb threat.
I'm so excited --- it's time to take out the garbage. What should I wear?
I hope the weather is good tomorrow for my trip to Puerto Backyarda. I'm getting tired of Los Livingroom.
Classified Ad: Single man with toilet paper seeks woman with hand sanitizer for good clean fun.
Day 6 of Homeschooling: My child just said "I hope I don't have the same teacher next year".... I'm offended.
Better 6 feet apart than 6 feet under.
Thanks to Mendon history video guy, John Trainor for these.
From Wicked Local, April 16.
Above- flowers on one of my pear trees - April 15
Right - April 18
Both of my pear trees and my Asian pear tree are loaded
with blossoms. Now I'm hoping to see some bees doing
their job. In a couple of weeks I'll do some thinning. If they
survive the snow, that is.
Another contribution from John T.
away from contact with too many people, the town bought a house off of what is now Route
140, near the Upton line. It became known as the Pest House - pest being short for
pestilence. The picture above is from a walking tour of Hopedale brochure done by the
Historic Commission in 1992. Here's the story of Heman Hersey and the Pest House.
From North Avenue, Mendon, looking
toward Hopedale, Milford and Boston.
Obesity may be one of the most important predictors of
severe coronavirus illness, new studies say. It’s an
alarming finding for the U.S., which has one of the
highest obesity rates in the world.
Snow on April 18. Very wet. Won't last long.
Catching up on reading these days?
Dutcher Street on the afternoon of April 18.
New Hopedale town administrator, Diana Schindler.
Milford News photo. Click here for Milford News article.
Some people really hang on to old stuff. This letter, by Ebin Draper Bancroft,
now for sale on ebay, was mailed from Hopedale 130 years ago this month.
where we encounter far fewer people than are on the
walking trails, lately, our latest was in Holliston. In
addition to loads of beautiful old houses, we ran across
some unexpected things. One was the Holliston
connection to Casey at the Bat. About two minutes after
finding Casey and reading a plaque about the poem's
possible Holliston setting, we came across the sad
story of Emilee Gagnon. (Above - Emilee's Little Library)
There were also some interesting historic markers. For
the story of Casey, and to see lots of houses, click here.
There's a link on that page to three articles and three
photos of Emilee.
Here's an article from Zero Waste Melrose about the current
problems and solutions in recycling.
Because the matter of the McLay proposal for 1200 condo
units at the Draper property comes up with time to time, I've
put a page together with Milford News articles and some of
the material on it that was sent out by McLay. They were
saved by John Butcher. Here it is.
New York Times, April 29.
Coronavirus cases by town - April 29.
Blackstone - 23
Douglas - 26
Framingham - 816
Grafton - 52
Holliston - 34
Hopedale - 17
Hopkinton - 108
Marlboro - 429
Mendon - 14
Millville - 10
Northbridge - 117
Shrewsbury - 183
Sutton - 25
Upton - 13
Uxbridge - 51
Westboro - 209
Worcester - 2284