Smoking among men is most emphatically their own business and not ours. Smoking among boys is
    primarily the business of their parents, and yet it concerns the schools also. It would be difficult to prove
    that a pipe or cigar seriously injures a man who does not form the habit until he arrives at full physical size,
    strength and development. It is certain that smoking does injure growing boys physically, morally and
    mentally. F.G. Atwell, Hopedale Superintendent of Schools, 1915

    The drive to raise $1350 in Hopedale for the purchase of an ambulance to be shipped to England is to be
    closed on Saturday, but the committee announces the necessary money has already been subscribed and
    J. Mason Washburn, treasurer of the committee, has sent a check for this amount to Mr. Prows in Boston.
    Milford Daily News, November 21, 1940


                                                          The Blizzard of '78

    Beginning on February 7, 1978, and continuing for the next several days, the Milford Daily News printed
    many articles about the famous blizzard. Here are some paragraphs from a few of them. For much more,
    see the newspaper clippings and photos further down on this page.

    At mid-morning in Milford there were three businesses open - two restaurants and a bar. Johnny Jacks,
    The Soda Shoppe, and the Co-Mac Cafe. Some residents parked their snowmobiles outside the
    restaurants and went in for coffee, while others went into the bar for a good stiff drink. February 7, 1978

    "We put out the word on the radio station to have residents on East Main Street and Route 140 put on their
    porch lights to let motorist know they could get help," said Milford selectman Marie Parente. "We've had all
    kinds of reports of people taking stranded motorists into their homes. One man on East Main Street told us
    he had 25 people in his house." February 7, 1978

    Because of the emergency, cars were not permitted to travel on main and side-streets in the 15-town
    region. There were literally dozens of snowmobiles out in the Milford area. It was expected that few copies
    of the Milford Daily News would be delivered because of the wild storm. However, a 16-page storm edition
    of the News was being printed. The newspaper has not missed an edition in its 90-year history. February
    7, 1978

    The Milford Police Department reported people stranded throughout the town, including a busload of
    travelers who were not evacuated from the bus until early this morning. Shelter was provided in private
    homes, the National Guard armory, Central Elementary School, and other locations. Johnny Jacks
    Restaurant in downtown Milford stayed open all night to provide food and coffee, and the Big D
    supermarket on Route 140 opened early this morning to provide food for those at the Civil Defense shelter
    in Central School. February 7, 1978

    Although there was no mail delivery here yesterday (February 7) the Hopedale post office was open for
    business as usual. The Town Hall Spa was open almost around the clock to provide food to personnel of
    the police and highway departments who worked through long hours attempting to keep the town
    accessible for emergencies. Late yesterday afternoon, Rico's opened with a path plowed from the street to
    the front door to provide foot access to groceries. Tuesday evening Draper News Agency was open and
    owner Ben Garland made coffee available throughout the night to those emergency workers who needed a
    warm beverage to enable them to continue their work. February 8, 1978

    Retired police chief W. Chester Sanborn was taken to Milford Hospital yesterday following a snowblower
    accident. He was admitted to the hospital and will be there for three or four days. Dr. John O'Brien is
    treating him for traumatic amputation of the first flange of the second and third fingers of his right hand.
    February 8, 1978

    Richard T. More, chairman of the Hopedale Board of Selectmen yesterday (February 7) on behalf of the
    board commended the highway department for its efforts in opening roads throughout the town during the
    storm. He also commended the police, fire and Civil Defense personnel for their work in transporting
    emergency personnel to their vital positions at Milford Hospital, nursing homes, and others who serve the
    public in times of emergency. Moore also commended Americo Calarese, owner of Rico's Inc., who offered
    to afford those people in need of emergency food supplies to obtain them. Some food was delivered to
    residents inundated in their homes via snowmobile. February 8, 1978

    Some 140 employees have been stranded at Waters Corporation in Milford for two days, and may be there
    for another day. The marooned men and women fashioned beds out of foam rubber packaging material,
    and food was provided by Michael's Food Service, the company caterer. February 8, 1978

    The roof of the Value King in Milford has completely collapsed and the front wall of windows is leaning into
    the building. The adjoining wall of the K Mart building is buckling. February 8, 1978

    C. Victor Pepper, Hopedale Civil Defense director, reported that the local CD unit was mobilized at about 7
    PM Monday, after notification from the center at Framingham of the severity of the intensifying storm. Pepper
    was assisted in coordinating the local CD efforts by assistant CD director William Burrill. Among those
    donating their services and their snowmobiles were David Durgin, Norman J. Harris, Jay Johnson and
    Angelo Zappella. February 8, 1978

    A group of eight Milford women who worked at the Data General plant in Southboro were stranded there for
    three days. Mrs. Antonio Gomez said on Thursday they just got "cabin fever" and started walking. The
    women walked all the way from Southboro down Route 495 and finally made it home. February 11, 1978

    A Freedom Street resident reported that while shoveling out her car, she spotted a sleek brown and white
    horse galloping down the street with a young man on its back. Attached to the saddle was a large white
    plastic bag. The woman said she asked him if the bag contained mail, anticipating the arrival of an
    emergency version of the Pony Express. The rider then revealed the contents of the sack - several cans of
    beer. He had been doing his shopping on horseback. February 11, 1978

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