Words first included in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary in 1974.
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“My father was originally from Boston. He was one of seven. One of his brothers had moved to Worcester and had opened a Gulf gas station. My dad went up to live with him, and he started working at little spas and drug stores, etc. He came across a gentleman named George Holland who was from Hopedale. One day Holland said to him, ‘I’ve got a spot for you in Hopedale, a very prosperous little town. You’d do well there.'” Click on the picture to read Don’s memories of the Town Hall Spa, the first restaurant in the Hopedale Town Hall.

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