From way back in 1960, Joan Baez
    sings Mary Hamilton.

    Last night there were four Marys
    Tonight there'll be but three
    It was Mary Beaton and Mary Seton
    And Mary Carmichael and me.

    Continuing with words that first appeared in the
    Merriam-Webster dictionary fifty years ago.

    Here it is already; another back-to-school season. This is one of
    my back-to-school pictures. I'm the skinny guy on the right. This
    was taken in 1959 at the VanMeter dorm at UMass Amherst. (The
    only UMass there was back then.)

    But there's no smoke at all coming out of the stack
    For the mill has shut down and it's not coming back

    Click here to hear Aragon Mill - or here if you'd prefer it
    with a Hazel Dickens bluegrass sound.

Freedom Street, Seven Sisters

Hopedale in September 2019

More photos will be added during the month.

 Hopedale history ezine for September -
Griffin Apartments Dedication   

Hopedale in August 2019   

Hopedale in September 2018   

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    Thanks to Miriam Greta for this photo of the swim
    team at Hopedale Pond in 1977 or 1978.

    Swan takes shower - Charles River,
    South Natick, September 1.

    Click here to go to the Natick Historical Society site where you
    can read the story of the statue by the Charles River that can
    be seen from Route 16, and also of the nearby red bridge.

    According to a reverse image search, it appears that this bird, which we
    saw along the Charles, is a double breasted cormorant. It wasn't a bit shy.
    We passed it twice, fairly close, and it stayed right there on its perch.

    Here are a couple of monarchs given to me by my friend Pat in
    Connecticut. The one above has stopped eating and I presume is
    moving on to the next stage - making a chrysalis. The one on the
    right is a few days ahead.

    Around 11 p.m.on the day I took the pictures, I looked at the one
    shown above. It had finished creating its chrysalis. Wish I had paid
    more attention during the day and watched the process.

    Laboratory testing has “confirmed two new cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus infection, a
    woman in her 60s from eastern Worcester County and a female under the age of 18 from southwestern
    Middlesex County,” health department officials said in a press release. “This brings the total number of
    human cases of EEE to seven this year in Massachusetts. As a result, the risk level in Framingham,
    Marlborough, Northborough, and Sudbury has been raised to critical and the risk level in Berlin, Boylston,
    Hudson, Maynard, Stow, and Wayland has been raised to high.”

    On Thursday, officials announced that the state’s fifth human case of EEE this year had been confirmed in
    a man in his 70s from southwestern Middlesex County.

    The case prompted officials to raise the risk level for EEE in Ashland, Hopedale, and Milford to critical
    and the risk level in Bellingham, Blackstone, and Millville to high. Boston Globe, Sept. 6, 2019

    September, the month of the poor, misunderstood goldenrod that
    never did anyone any harm. Wldflowers don't care where they grow.
    That's what you can hear from Linda, Emmylou and Dolly.

Here's another photo from 1959.

    Above - hungry goats by the Hopedale Street side of
    Hopedale Pond - August 30.

    Right - photo shows the same area on September 9.
    According to a Milford News article, a brush cutter
    was used to finish the work started by the goats.

    Once or twice I month I go to the Milford History Museum at  Memorial Hall
    looking for an answer to a Hopedale history question. Today I was there in
    search of information on a person involved in the IWW/Draper strike of 1913.
    While i was there I noticed a recently donated set of four glasses, each with
    a different Milford scene, on their large work table, including this one of the
    Gen. Draper statue.

From the 1904 Milford-Hopedale directory.

    Day in the Park - September 14. Click here
    to see more photos of it.