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Teachings from the trail Hull artist aims to create jewelry each week of the year Marlborough resident becomes unlikely advocate for colon cancer screening Golden Tones chorus nears 30 years of musical outreach This spring, enjoy many of the state’s outdoor and cultural destinations Athletes across the state prepare for Mass. Senior Games ‘Dear Janice.’ Remember letters? Rangeley: One of Maine’s hidden jewels
 

Teachings from the trail

One day I was hiking on a wooded trail, alone. Technically, I was accompanied by two people but they were far ahead of me on the path. As I trudged along, I said to myself, “Life is a lot like hiking.”

Hull artist aims to create jewelry each week of the year

Many people have New Year’s resolutions such as losing weight or getting their house organized. But for 2017, Priscilla Beadle of Hull decided to set a goal for the New Year that would correspond with a milestone birthday, her 75th. She is set on creating a new handmade necklace each week of 2017.

Marlborough resident becomes unlikely advocate for colon cancer screening

Marlborough – At her 50-year annual physical, Marlborough resident Dorothy O’Shea was advised by her doctor that she should undergo a routine colonoscopy. Like many, she was very reluctant.

Golden Tones chorus nears 30 years of musical outreach

Region – A sing-along activity offered at the Wayland Senior Center with several participants in 1988 has evolved significantly in 29 years. Now, Golden Tones chorus is comprised of over 70 members, ages 60s to 90s, residing in 17 communities: Framingham, Holliston, Hudson, Lexington, Lincoln, Marlborough, Medfield, Millis, Natick, Newton, Sherborn, Sudbury, Waltham, Wayland and Weston.

This spring, enjoy many of the state’s outdoor and cultural destinations

Naumkeag, Stockbridge Photo/R. Cheek By Bonnie Adams, Managing Editor Now that spring is finally here, it’s time to go out and explore the many parks, gardens and other cultural treasures that Massachusetts has to offer. Although the state’s beaches and well-known destinations such as the Boston Common are favorites, there are so many lesser-known gems […]

Athletes across the state prepare for Mass. Senior Games

Region – This June, hundreds of athletes ages 40 and older will converge upon Springfield College to participate in the Massachusetts Senior Games (MASG). There, they will compete in sports such as track and field, swimming, basketball, tennis, racquetball, table tennis and volleyball. Some participants have been lifelong athletes while others may be taking up a sport after a hiatus. And still others may be trying an entirely new sport for the first time.

‘Dear Janice.’ Remember letters?

Janice Lindsay “I thought I’d write,” the letter begins, “as we’re timing contractions. I saw the good doctor this afternoon and he said any time now…” On Oct. 30, 1969, my sister began this letter to me when she was about to give birth to her second child. By the time she finished the letter, […]

Rangeley: One of Maine’s hidden jewels

Maine Street, Rangeley. By Victor Block Digging our paddles into the shallow water, my son Tom and I steered our canoe around a sharp turn in the river. Suddenly, we were face-to-face – or, more accurately, face-to-knees – with a massive creature standing directly in our path. Another day, another moose! Lifting its head to […]

Lifelong coin collector hopes club will inspire next generation of numismatists

03 April 2017

Nipmuc Coin Club logo By Valerie Franchi, Contributing Writer Richard “Dick” Lisi, president of the Nipmuc Coin Club, remembers when he first developed his passion for the study and collection of coins – or numismatics – more than 50 years ago. “I was 12 years old,” he recalled. “I was a paper boy. Papers were […]

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Newton resident continues to advocate for elders

03 April 2017

Marian Knapp By Bonnie Adams, Managing Editor Newton – Now 78, Marian Knapp has spent much of her life serving others in different capacities such as a counselor, caretaker and consultant. She is also a woman who has always highly valued education, so much so that she pursued a Ph.D. which she was awarded just […]

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Marlborough EMT, firefighter retires after serving 43 years

03 April 2017

Retired Marlborough EMT and firefighter Mickey Grasso (center) gathers with colleagues during his last shift. (Photo/submitted) By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer Marlborough – Mickey Grasso began 2017 by retiring after serving 43 years as an emergency medical technician and firefighter with the Marlborough Fire Department (MFD). Now, he’s continuing his 10th year as a […]

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A special brotherhood of service

27 March 2017

In the town of Hingham, there are two Chief Olssons. Robert “Bob” Olsson, 64, is the fire chief and his younger brother, Glenn, 59, is the police chief. And although they took different paths to achieve their respective department’s top spots, they share a deep commitment to public service and honoring the work ethic that was instilled in them at an early age.

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Former MSP superintendent continues to help those in need

27 March 2017

In 2012, Col. Marian McGovern, the former head of the Massachusetts State Police (MSP), retired after a career that spanned over 30 years in law enforcement. And although it is now in a different capacity, her time is still spent helping many of society’s most vulnerable – children, the elderly, and victims of abuse – all of whom she worked tirelessly for throughout her career with the MSP.

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Reverse mortgages: Do you have the answers?

27 March 2017

If you are like many seniors you may wake up feeling financially stressed. Concern about having enough money, worry about a lingering home repair, or frustration with credit card or real estate tax payments can be a burden. Even worse is the fear of not having enough money if something should happen in the future.

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