Whereas; Robert "Zeke" Hammond has been the Town of Hopedale's unofficial historian for many years
    and is often seen as its unofficial mayor as well, and

    Whereas; Zeke has tirelessly devoted his time and energy to beautifying one of the town's most valued
    treasures - the historic and pristine Hopedale Village Cemetery, and

    Whereas; Zeke has been a constant source of inspiration and guidance on local history for the town's youth
    through his annual visits to sixth graders at Memorial School, and  

    Whereas; Zeke has embodied the spirit of Hopedale volunteerism through his long and active affiliation
    with the Hopedale Historical Commission, Friends of Historic Hopedale and the Hopedale Council on
    Aging, and

    Whereas; Zeke has been a regular, welcomed fixture on Hopedale Street and a good friend to the Town of
    Hopedale and its Citizens, and

    Whereas; Zeke rarely accepts accolades for his great work but deserves more than we can possibly  write

    BE IT RESOLVED; With great pleasure and honor, we hereby proclaim today, Saturday, April 26, 2003, in
    Hopedale, Massachusetts

                                                    Robert "Zeke" Hammond Day

    Hereunto, we set our hands this Twenty-Second Day of April, in the year Two Thousand Three.

                                                                                        Michael E. Collins, Chairman
                                                                                        Michael A.. Milanoski
                                                                                        Alan J. Ryan
                                                                                        Hopedale Board of Selectmen   

                    Dedication of the "Hopedale Village National Register District"

                                                     April 26, 2003 1:00 P.M.

    Invocation Rev. Richard Drinon
    Welcome Francis Larkin, Master of Ceremonies
    Flag Ceremony Boy Scouts from Troop 1 Hopedale
    National Anthem Hopedale High School Band
    Overview of Day's Events and Committee Recognition - Sue Gallagher, Chair of Dedication Event
    Introduction of Invited Guests Merrily Sparling - Chair, Hopedale Historical Commission
    Massachusetts Representative - Marie Parente
    Chairman of Board of Selectmen - Michael Collins
    Greetings to the Community - Rev. Christopher Dodge, Union Evangelical Church
    Official Unveiling of Historic District Sign - Merrily Sparling
    Reading of Essay on Hopedale - Jennifer Jarvis,  Hopedale High School Class of 2003
    Presentation of Historic Proclamation - Selectman Alan Ryan to Robert "Zeke" Hammond
    Presentation of House Tour Proceeds - Tara O'Connell, treasurer of Holiday House Tour committee
    Recognition of Special Efforts - Susan Gallagher, Dedication Chair Barbara Kochon and Historic House
    Tour Committee Cheri Hardiman - Celebration Committee Chair
    Benediction - Father William Konicki, Sacred Heart Church

    Afternoon Events  1:45 P.M. Laying of Wreaths - Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts Historic Tours of Hopedale by
    Double-Decker Bus  2 :00 P.M. 80th Birthday Celebration of Hopedale Community House Exhibit of Art,
    Poetry and Essays by Hopedale Students at the Community House  2:30 P.M. - 3:30 P.M. Hopedale High
    School Jazz Ensemble performance at Community House  3:00 P.M. Reenactment of the Hopedale Utopian
    Community at the Unitarian Church by the Friends of Adin Ballou  2:00 P.M. - 4:30 P.M. Tours of the Red
    Shop.   Bancroft Library open extended hours. Self-guided Parklands Trail Hikes

    The Hopedale Historical Commission wishes to thank the following individuals and organizations for their
    assistance and efforts in today's Community Celebration and Hopedale's year-long celebration of the
    historic district. Hopedale Historical Commission members Merrily Sparling, chair, Judith Phillips, Alan
    Ryan, William Hardiman, Tara Chambers, Frederick Oldfield, III, Robert "Zeke" Hammond  Red Shop
    Committee members William B. Gannett, Robert Brown, Merrily Sparling  Friends of Historic Hopedale
    members Barbara Kochon, chair, Judith Pagnini, treasurer  Celebration Committee Cheri Hardiman, Chair,
    Susan Galligher, Chair of Dedication Event, Tina O'Connell, Sally Decelles, Theresa Ryan, Dottie Milanoski  
    Historic House Tour Committee and Homeowners  Hopedale High School Band Band Director Anthony

    Individuals and Other Groups: Francis Larkin, Sue Ciaramicoli, Elaine Malloy, Daniel Malloy, Debbie Wells,
    Nancy Lee Fuller, Boy Scout Troop 1 and leader Toby Booth, Girl Scouts and leader Mary Cockroft, Friends
    of Adin Ballou, Rev. Richard Drinon, Rev. Christopher Dodge, Father William Konicki, Community House
    trustees and staff, Police Department, Highway Department, Senior Citizens at the Council on Aging,
    Council on Aging Director Carole Mullen, Massachusetts Historical Commission, Betsy Friedberg and
    Philip Bergen, Wild About Flowers, Holliston, and the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National
    Heritage Corridor Commission

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