Rev. Dumbell???Wouldn't you
    consider changing your name?

    A man by the name of Edmund Soward, being interested in the Hopedale
    Community, came here to live.  He was very much interested in the education and
    social welfare of the young.  In his will, he left most of his property to the Community,
    in trust, to be expended in the culture and comfort of the children of Hopedale.  On
    one ever to be remembered occasion, Reverend W. S. Heywood told the younger
    school children that on the following Saturday we were to go to Boston to see the
    trained seals and mice, the money to defray the expenses to be taken from the
    Soward Fund.  Great excitement prevailed.  One little girl asked her mother what she
    should wear for a wrap, and when told she could wear her sister's cape, she replied,
    "Why, everybody will know it is my sister's, because she wore it last spring when she
    went to Boston."  We took our dinners and ate them on Boston Common. Ida Smith,
    Hopedale Reminiscences.  For more on Soward Street, see Now and Then - The
    Lake Street Area   

    The stone shelter/fireplace (Maroney's Grove) in the photo
    below hadn't been built at time of the picnics mentioned in
    the clippings above. That occurred in 1923. Nevertheless, it
    was a popular picnic area both before and after that time.

From the Park Department history on the town website.

Hopedale in June 2015

June 1 Hopedale history ezine - The Hurricane of '38   

June 15 ezine -
Mill River Men   

Hopedale in May 2015

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    Click here to see more of the Unitarian Church stained glass windows.

    I put one of these reports from Weather Underground on the March
    page (March 11) when the temperature was 52. That felt pretty warm
    at the time. Today the high was 51, but it didn't feel warm. Must have
    something to do with expectations for the first day of June.

    Click here for an article on income and social mobility
    throughout the US that the above table came from.

Click here for more on sunscreens.

    Sylvester Graham was one of many reformers who visited the Hopedale Community
    in the mid-nineteenth century. Chocolatey Chip, Cinnamon, etc. I think poor old
    Sylvester, who claimed to be an advocate of diet reform, would be rather shocked to
    see how his name is now used. Here's a page about him. The title of the article is
    Sylvester Graham: genius or humbug? Most would say humbug or worse. Here's
    what Anna Thwing Field wrote about his visit to Hopedale.

    Here came Graham.  I well remember the trouble my aunt took sending to Boston to
    procure graham flour for his cooking, though at supper he astonished her by
    declining the graham flour and choosing white biscuit, saying he had plenty of
    graham bread at home.  "Consistency, thou art a jewel.

    It's been a tough spring for my apple trees. What you see above is actually better than a lot of the
    leaves. From what I've heard, the damage has been done by the hungry caterpillar stage of the winter
    moth. Here's an article about them on   UMass fact sheet, including lots of photos.

    Winter Moth will eat the young leaves of trees as the leaves are emerging from the bud in spring.
    Many deciduous plants are hosts for the winter moth including oaks, maples, basswood, white elm,
    crabapples, apple, blueberry, and cherry. It is important to treat for the pest early as the damage is
    done while the buds are breaking. By mid-May to early June the pests are pupating or becoming
    dormant until they emerge in late fall as moths. The larvae are loopers or inch worms and are green.
    They are very small when they hatch and difficult to see with the naked eye. The larvae hatch in spring
    when temperatures are around 55F. Young larvae tunnel into buds, especially the flower buds of
    fruits, and feed inside buds. Once the bud has been devoured the larvae will move to another bud to
    feed. In areas with large infestations winter moth larvae can completely defoliate host plants. If your
    tree gets defoliated and is weak it can kill a tree after years of damage.

    The winter moth caterpillar is an invasive species from Europe that showed up in Massachusetts
    sometime in the late 1990s and was only definitively identified in 2003. But the pests have quickly
    established themselves and spread, with no natural enemy to keep the population in check.

    Experts said the severity of this year’s outbreak depends on where you live, and even varies by
    neighborhood and town. There are pockets where the caterpillars have severely defoliated the tree
    canopy, while areas down the road might be lightly affected.

    My rhododendrons are looking pretty good, but it seems that they start
    falling apart after about three days. Maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration,
    but not much. At least I'll have a picture to look at.

Hopedale High graduation - June 6. Click here for stills and video on YouTube.

    Physicians of Milford and Hopedale have voted to increase the price
    of day calls from $1 to $1.50; night calls from $1 to $2, and office calls
    from 50 cents to $1. Milford Daily News, February 16, 1906

    According to the inflation calculator I used, $1 in 1906 would amount
    to $25.95 now. Of course we should keep in mind that doctors have
    helped with "life expectancy inflation" over those years also.

    Flags in town at half-staff for Dennis Breen, who had
    been Hopedale school superintendent from 2011
    until his retirement a month ago. He died on June 8.
    Milford News article.


With DJ Mike Rutkowski

Hopedale Town Park

Wednesday, June 17   6:30pm
Rain date: Thursday

Music and Dancing
Dance, limbo, and hula hoop contests
Balloon animals
“Hide the Diamond”
Candy and prizes
Refreshments available


Hopedale Town Park

Wednesdays  7-9pm

Rain dates on Thursdays

June 17              Family Fun Night    6:30pm
June 24          Blackstone Valley Community
Concert Band  *MCC Grant Recipient     
July 8        Infractions   Classic horn-driven rock

July 15           Fantasy Big Band  Swing to contemporary      
July 22          Mondo Soul   Classic funk & soul

July 29             Mahrud   Contemporary big band jazz

August 5         Fourcast  Acoustics from the 70’s to today

Refreshments available

Sponsored by the Hopedale Cultural Council       
and the cooperation of the Hopedale Parks Department

***Kayak and canoe rentals on the pond from Fin and Feather Outfitters

Join us on Facebook: Hopedale Cultural Council – Community Organization

    This phone book cover is one of
    several items from the pasent by Kurt
    and Joyce Anderson. On the back
    there are calendars for 1956, 1957
    and 1958, so I presume this must be
    from 1957. I thought we had dial here
    a couple of years before that, but
    considering the phone numbers,
    evidently not.

    They also sent a picture taken inside
    the Draper Main Office in 1960. It's the
    best I've seen of the inside. You can
    see it on  Now and Then - Draper
    Main Office/Atria Draper Place
    Assisted Living.  It's the picture just
    above the Draper Place articles.

    MILFORD – Trucks carrying two, 120-foot-long, 80,000-gallon propane tanks postmarked
    for the Grafton & Upton Railway yard in Hopedale hit a snag Sunday morning.

    The sentence above is from the Milford News, June 15. Here's more that explains the

    When the drivers' route brought them to a tight turn leading from Congress Street to West
    Street, they were forced to turn around. The trucks had to back up and move their loads –
    which are empty, officials stressed – to parking spaces bordering Draper Park.

    The problem was solved, and the pictures above were taken in Hopedale on June 16. .
    They're tanks were loaded onto rail cars to take them to North Grafton. Here's a link to the
    Milford News article.      Here are some more pictures of the move in Hopedale.

    The pictures above was taken from Freedom Street near the Parklands entrance. The
    others are from the G&U yard behind the Griffin-Dennett Apartments.

    I saw this on ebay and decided to put it here because
    the name Lucy Day would be familiar to many of you
    who look at these pages.

    Lucy Day, Hopedale, Massachusetts. Enough of an
    address in 1919 to get it to her.

Annual Council on Aging barbecue - June 17.

    Hopedale Pond - June 18 - It seems there's plenty for them to eat in the
    pond without any additional feeding. Here's what the
    site says about that.

    In spring and summer, geese concentrate their feeding on grasses and
    sedges, including skunk cabbage leaves and eelgrass. During fall and
    winter, they rely more on berries and seeds, including agricultural
    grains, and seem especially fond of blueberries.

    Here's an interesting little goose fact from the National Geographic site.

    Just 50 geese can produce two and a half tons of excrement in a year.
I don't know the origin of the name Dana Park in Cambridge, but Dana Park in
Hopedale was named for Dana Osgood.
Here's a page about him.  After he sold
his house and moved south, it became well-known in this area when it was
operated under the name, the
Harel House.

    I can recall that for the first few years after the building of what is now called Dana Park, that
    name wasn't on any street sign. While the Nov. 25, 1947 article to the left indicates that was
    the plan, Louis McVitty, must have decided that McVitty Road was a better name for it. McVitty
    was the real estate developer who had purchased what had been the Dana Osgood
    property, including the family mansion that became the Harel House, down to what is now
    Dana Park and McVitty Road. At the town meeting in 1956, Article 20, naming most of the
    road Dana Park, passed unanimously. Osgood was the son of Edward and Hannah Thwing
    Draper Osgood. He died in 1951.

    The dam that went out on the mill pond by Route 140 last winter has been
    replaced. Click here to go to Now and Then at the Mill Pond at Route 140.

    Work has been going on at the solar farm site
    on Route 140 near the Upton line. June 21

    LNG tanks 3 and 4 coming down Route 16, heading toward
    the G&U yard. Thanks to John Gagnon for sending.