MC Machine Co, once the Westcott Mill - Spindleville
It's been a long time, but they still turn up now and then.
Hopedale in June 2014
Hopedale history ezine for June 1 - The Postal Service
Ezine for mid-June - Al Tarca
Hopedale in May Ezine Menu HOME
G&U cars near Freedom Street seen from Hopedale Pond.
Highland Street - June 4
A groundhog coming out from his home
under my shed. In the lower picture, he's
keeping St. Francis between us.
South Main Street - A hall of fame in town? Maybe
that's the explanation for the 100 million visitors.
One of the neighbors says it's a joke. Too bad. I
was looking forward to seeing those visitors.
There he is again. So far it appears
that he's just eating clover, so I won't
bother him. I think it's the skunks that
keep the grub population in my lawn
down. I won't bother them either.
Hopedale High graduation - June 7.
Click here for a few minutes of stills
and video on YouTube. It was a mere
55 years ago when I was one of a
class of 27 who graduated here in
front of the Community House.
A rare item these days - the pay phone at Cumberland Farms.
Neighboring town photos for June - Milford quarry walk guided
by Anne Lamontaigne of the Milford Historical Commission.
That's Anne in the photo above, middle of picture, paper in hand.
These pictures are from the first quarry on the walk, which is
behind the Shadowbrook apartments off of Purchase Street.
places for hanging out, swimming, jumping and diving..
A few of these kids jumped in while we were there.
Art show - Atria-Draper Place - June 12 - Sponsored
by Atria and the Hopedale Council on Aging.
Above - Boy Scouts collect cans and botttles.
Below - Cub Scouts collect fish.
Poetry by the statue, sponsored by
the Friends of the Library - June 16.
they got that way, by Amanda Ripley. Massachusetts had
the top score in the US on the test used for this map.
A few months ago, when we were paddling on Hopedale Pond, a bit beyond the Rustic
Bridge, my son DJ noticed a flag fluttering in the breeze. We could tell that it said
Hopedale, but that's about all. Today, June 19, I was up there again and this time I was
able to hold it out with my paddle in one hand, and get a picture with my camera in the
other. The Republic of Hopedale. Just what Adin Ballou was thinking in the 1840s.
Hopedale Pond, seen from Fisherman's Island.
Another neighboring town photo. There we were at the Upton chamber on Summer
Solstice Eve. DJ, in photo on left, reminded me that the story is that the chamber was
built so that the sun would shine directly into it on the evening of the summer solstice.
We went to check it out. We were actually closer to the time of the solstice than if we
were there on the evening of the first day of summer, because this year summer
begins around six on the morning of the 21st. With all the trees in the way, it doesn't
give the sun much of a chance to shine through, but for a couple of minutes we could
see a bit of it hitting one of the rocks inside. In the picture above, I was looking out
from a few feet into the entrance tunnel. You can see where the sun was peeking
past the tree in the middle of the picture. It was rather wet in there so we didn't go all
the way into the main chamber. More about the mysterious Upton chamber.
Hits on the site around 11 pm, June 20. Wonder why someone in
Pakistan is interested in shooting sports in Hopedale. A few days
later, someone in Hanoi was looking at the Draper organization
chart for 1950.
Asian pear in the foreground, just to the right of the rebar.I planted it last fall
and it seems to be doing well. I should have planted a couple of these forty
years ago instead of apples. Behind the pear are some spears of
asparagus. We got a lot from that little patch this year, but now it's time to
let it grow for the rest of the summer. Two good things about growing
asparagus - You get to pick it much earlier than anything else you're likely
to plant, and the groundhogs and rabbits don't eat it.
Gravestones in the Forest Hills Cemetery in Jamaica Plain with a
Hopedale connection. Above Supply Clap and Anne Thwing, probably
related to the Hopedale Thwings. Annie Haven Thwing wrote children's
books, including Chicken Little. Below, William Lloyd Garrison, who
spoke in Hopedale at abolitionist meetings and whose son went to
school in Hopedale. Thanks to my son, DJ, for the photos.
In this small town
That I adore
Is folklore and history
Kept safe from the wicked
Is a treasure you see
One might call
A utopian Community
Generations of stories
Of days long gone
From K to 12 still
The same children
Over half my life
I did roam
This beautiful town
I call home
The pond and forest
A gift from God
A place to go
In my own backyard
The buildings and park
The pond all aglow
Make me stop to ponder
Where will it go?
Keep safe these gifts
For they are unique
No laundry on Sundays
And houses kept neat
If you are smart
Your voice will be heard
Be not afraid
To protect and preserve
For if you don’t
It will be forgotten
And left to the world
And that would be rotten
For this small town.
"author, anonymous," but I will tell
you that her picture is on this page.
Band concert - June 25. The
Blackstone Community Concert Band
was too big for the bandstand.
G&U yard - June 24