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Westborough – As the proprietor of the Art and Frame Emporium, Ed Turner naturally has a passion for art. But after a recent project he completed for the town of Westborough, he has found he is also inspired about using art to preserve local history.
Over the course of the last year and a half, Turner and his team refinished 16 antique frames that were found abandoned in the attic of the old Westborough fire station. Those pieces were then used to display priceless documents that had been stored in the town vault. How this project all came to fruition is a happy story of chance, luck and synchronicity, as well as a dedicated group of residents and professionals who knew they had treasures on their hands.
Turner has worked with Westborough Public Library Director Maureen Ambrosino on restoring old frames so that they may be displayed at the library. So two years ago, when the old fire station was being prepared to be torn down to make way for a new one, the town’s Historical Commission asked him to consult on a cache of old frames that had been left in the building’s attic.
“The frames were in horrible, disgusting shape,” he said, “just covered with decades of dust and grime. A lot of the antique bubble glass was also broken.
“They were a mess, but I could see that some, with a lot of work, could be salvaged,” he said.
He agreed to take them back to his shop and store them.
“But I couldn’t really do anything at that point,” he noted. “They were not my property, they belonged to the town.”
At this point, he thought perhaps if he could receive town funding, the frames could be restored and possibly be used at the library or another municipal building. After monies were approved, Turner’s team started the lengthy, intensive project of restoration.
First, the years of grime and the broken glass had to be carefully removed. In many cases, the frames had broken parts so molds were made of the parts that were not damaged. The new pieces were then carefully integrated back into the frames and painted so seamlessly that it’s impossible to see what was replaced. Six of the refinished frames went to the library but the rest were returned to storage.
It was just about this time that the town’s voters also approved a major renovation for Town Hall. As part of preparing that building, everything had to be moved out, including historic documents that were stored in a vault. In charge of that process was Anthony Vaver.
Documents included ones from around the time of the beginning of the American Revolution. All were in pristine condition, thanks to being stored in literal darkness for so long.
“One document has a list of every man who agreed to sign up to fight. Another is the listing of every ‘seventh’ man. That was a list of men who were selected to comprise a unit to help in the war,” Turner said.
“These are incredible pieces of the town’s history,” he said. “We were just thrilled to find these.”
Turner next called Assistant Town Manager Kristi Williams and Town Manager Jim Malloy.
“They were as excited as we were,” he recalled. “They knew that these documents should be shared with the town in the renovated Town Hall.”
Additional monies were then appropriated at a special town meeting to so that the documents could be mounted into the old frames.
Once the documents were fitted with special ultraviolet plexiglass to help protect them, they were installed at Town Hall where they were admired by those who attended the grand re-opening ceremony held there Nov. 10.
Turner noted that many of the town’s local historians have helped him over the years, on the prior library project as well as this most recent one. They included Phil Kittredge and Charlotte Spinney as well as the late Jacqueline Tidman.
He noted that he now has a deepened respect and interest in local history and hopes that the project will help inspire future generations as well.
“My goal is to help educate the youth of Westborough and help get them engaged in the town’s history,” he said. “By seeing these important documents, they can learn more about what it was like back in the town’s early days. It helps to bring the town’s history alive.”
For more information on Art and Frame Emporium, visit www.artandframeemporium.com or call 508-366-5650.]]>
By Bonnie Adams, Managing Editor
Grafton – Since it was originally built in the early 1850s, Grafton’s Town House has literally and figuratively been a key part of the town’s common area. At times it served as municipal building, hosted numerous plays, concerts, lectures, basketball games, banquets and more, and now, home to several small businesses.
The building, located at One Grafton Common, is on both the state and national registries of historic buildings, but due to structural and outdated conditions, was not suited for the modern day. But that will soon change after completion of an extensive $4.5 million renovation which will make it compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well update the utilities and fire protection. It will also start the process of creating offices, classes, practice rooms, and a performance center for the arts for its primary tenant, the nonprofit Apple Tree Arts.
Founded in 1989 by Executive Director Donna Blanchard, Apple Tree Arts is a community school for the arts serving people of all ages throughout south central Worcester County. It offers private instrumental and voice instruction, theatre arts programs, student instrumental concerts, summer programs, faculty concerts and a community concert series. It also offers programs at area schools, pre-schools and daycare centers.
Like most major municipal projects, the process of garnering support for renovating the building did not happen overnight. The first step was a straw poll of attendees at the October 2007 Town Meeting who wanted the town to keep the building rather than sell it. In fall of 2007, Apple Tree Arts expressed interest in working with the town to raise funds to renovate the building in exchange for a long-term lease of the second and third floors. In 2009 the Board of Selectmen formed the Grafton Town House Oversight Committee and in 2011 approved a 30-year long term lease for Apple Tree Arts.
The lease allows Apple Tree Arts to fundraise in order to renovate the Town House and use the second and third floor space as a performance arts center. The organization must raise $1 million in funding for the renovation and that “significant progress must be made in the preservation of the “Great Hall” by the end of the tenth year or the town may terminate the lease. In exchange, Apple Tree Arts pays $1 annually for their lease but is also responsible for paying their share of the common maintenance expenses of the building. This represents more than 50 percent of costs, which equates to about $24,000 annually. As of April 7, 2015, Apple Tree Arts has raised $885,000 toward the lease obligation.
Over the ensuing years, a combination of Community Preservation Act (CPA) and town reserves, as well as monies raised by Apple Tree Arts, have been used to replace the roof, preserve three fire escapes, and complete the first step of making the building accessible. Construction on the final part of the accessibility portion as well as updating the utilities and bringing it up to current building codes for assembly use started in May 2015.
Crews are also gutting and preparing the Great Hall which will ultimately be transformed into a new performing arts center at a later date. Prior to the current renovation, the hall was portioned off into office cubicles for a former tenant.
“There’s a lot of work to be done, the building is not without its challenges,” Andy Deschenes, who is donating his time and services as owner’s project manager, said on a recent tour of the building. “But the team is excited to work on this project. They are very respectful of the building and its old craftsmanship.”
As with any large renovation project, there have been times, Deschenes said, that tenants have felt the stress of the work being done.
“We have tried our best to keep in constant communication with them,” he said. “They have been patient and flexible – we appreciate that.
“The result is major improvements to the front of the building as well as enhanced fire protection in all areas,” he added.
The current renovation is slated to be finished in 2016. Apple Tree Arts has already started a $2 million fundraising campaign to secure grants from residents, businesses and private foundations to complete the second and third floors.
“It really has been a community-wide effort,” Blanchard said. “The Community Preservation Committee has been great to us.”
“Having a thriving performance arts center will be wonderful not only for the town but for the whole region. On a more local note, it will be a great way to increase foot traffic on the common and offer an enhancement for other businesses here,” she added.
Besides the center, the newly renovated area will have classrooms, practice rooms and a recording studio.
“We also hope to have film festivals someday, too,” she added.
Blanchard also envisions that the Great Hall will be open to the public for other uses.
“It can also be used for things like conferences, business meetings, or weddings and other community social events,” she said.
For more information on Apple Tree Arts, visit http://www.appletreearts.org.]]>
By Nancy Brumback, Contributing Writer
Southborough—A 1934 Chevy sits in a repair bay at All Car Care, waiting for Rick Meisenheimer and his crew to restore it after a fire gutted the engine and damaged the whole front end.
If All Car Care can rebuild that car and negotiate with its owner’s insurance company, fixing collision damage on everyday cars and keeping them in good running order is a piece of cake.
“I’ve been repairing cars since I was 14. My first job was with Irvine Rambler in Hopkinton,” Meisenheimer recalled. He’s owned his own shop for 40 years, the last 30 in the same Southborough location, the first Studebaker showroom in New England.
Restoring antique cars is the high-end side of his business. All Car Care specializes in auto body and mechanical work on all makes and models, domestic and foreign, and offers custom paint jobs.
When a car is damaged in a collision, his team not only repairs the damage, but works with the primary and secondary insurance companies. All Car Care has loaner cars available if a rental is not provided by insurance.
“People don’t know what to do or who to call. We do all the paperwork for them. We get the appraisal lined up, usually at the shop so we can identify 80 to 90 percent of the damage the first time through,” he said. “We want to get the car back to the customer in the same or better condition than before the accident.”
And, Meisenheimer added, because some accident damage is not reported, “You should always take a used car to a shop like ours before buying it. We can spot telltale signs of damage and poor repairs.”
All Car Care also does all types of mechanical work, from motor and drive train replacement to front end work to general maintenance like oil changes.
Meisenheimer does most of the paint work at All Car Care, and noted it is often worth repairing the dings and dents in a car before trading it in, to keep the value higher whether a lease or toward a new purchase.
He enjoys custom paint jobs—detailing and stripes. Fancy graphics such as painted flames are often done free-hand. For other jobs, he works with a graphic designer to create stencils for layouts, such as those for a motorcycle owner who wanted a super hero theme.
“It takes time,” he noted. “You have to figure out which color should go on first. It’s a lot like silk screening but with an air brush.”
Meisenheimer works on a lot of the classic and antique cars in the area and has built three, including a 1934 Ford coupe that had 14 different colors on it. “Took me three and a half years to build.”
His show cars have all been the same color, a soft pink created by blending red and silver metallic paint. “When you show a car, you want a color that jumps out at you, that makes people want to come over and look at it.”
He is a volunteer with The Boston Cup car show, held the third Sunday in September on Boston Common, free and open to the public. “This year there were about 100 classic cars worth about $100 million,” including a 1956 Mercedes gull-wing and the Lamborghini that was stretched for Wilt Chamberlin.
All Car Care is located at 77 School St. in Southborough, open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 508-481-1170 or visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/allcarcare to see their latest automotive creation.]]>
Maria is survived by her husband, Mark, and their children, Coltrane and Emilia. She is also survived by her parents, José and Geraldina Felix; her sister, Fatima Hurd, brother in-law Joshua Hurd, and their children, Chloe and William; her brother, Antonio Felix; her brother, Bernardo Felix, sister in-law Linda Gunnerson, and their son, Braden; and her sister in-law, Pamela Lonergan, brother in-law Mark Doten, and their daughter, Lily.
Additionally, the family thanks the Lonergan, Ryder, Landfear, and Silvani families for their unwavering support during Maria’s illness.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Maria’s family Friday, Nov. 27, from 4-8 p.m., in the Britton-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, 648 Main St. A funeral Mass celebrating Maria’s life will be held Saturday, Nov. 28, at 10 a.m., at St. Mary Church, 640 Main St., Shrewsbury (All attending the funeral are asked to kindly go directly to church). Burial will follow in Mountain View Cemetery, Shrewsbury.
In lieu of flowers, kindly make a donation in Maria’s memory to the New England Center for Children, 33 Turnpike Rd., Southborough, MA 01772.]]>
Westborough – Harry’s Restaurant on Route 9 in Westborough has always been a popular with the after-church crowd and for good reason – it’s the perfect place to meet for a relaxing breakfast or lunch on a lazy Sunday.
My friend and I were fortunate to arrive during a lull, around noon on a dreary Sunday. The smell of hot food, a cozy booth and a warm, friendly environment certainly brightened the day. The folks who came in after us weren’t so lucky and had a bit of a wait for an open table.
After receiving our coffee, steaming hot and strong, we scanned the menu. The “Comfort Corner” caught our attention. It features home-style favorites including soups and stews, mac ‘n’ cheese, American chop suey and chicken pot pie. All of those sounded perfect on an overcast chilly early winter day.
The menu also featured a wide variety of pastas, seafood, chicken and barbecue entrees. For lunchtime, there are mile-high burgers and sandwiches, including the hot pastrami sandwich – the first thing Harry’s served when it opened in 1946 when it was called “Harry’s Famous Hot Pastrami.”
The menu has recently been expanded to include more healthy options, such as baked and grilled items and a wide array of salads. But Harry’s still serves its well-known favorites, fried clams and lobster rolls, all year-round.
We decided to start with our favorite appetizer, the sweet potato tots ($4.50), which were absolutely delicious. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, they had the perfect blend of sweetness and saltiness. Don’t forget to ask for ranch dressing on the side for dipping.
Both breakfast and lunch selections were tempting, but I opted for the Harry’s Benedict ($9.95) – a double portion of the breakfast favorite featuring Canadian bacon and a poached egg on an English muffin doused in homemade Hollandaise sauce or cheese sauce, if preferred. It comes with a generous side of their spiced home fries. All of it was delicious and satisfying.
My friend couldn’t decide, so he found a dish that could be either breakfast or lunch – the Monte Cristo ($7.50). This hot and hearty sandwich (I snuck a bite) is filled with steamed turkey, ham and Swiss cheese sandwiched between two slices of Texas French toast. It was even more scrumptious when dipped in maple syrup.
As usual when we eat at Harry’s, both of us were so full, we couldn’t think about dessert. One of these days, we will have to stop in for just coffee and a piece of their homemade pie.
Harry’s is cash only. It is located at 149 Turnpike Road (Route 9), just west of the Lyman Road intersection. The hours have changed for the winter season: Monday to Thursday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday, 7 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
For more information or for takeout orders, call 508-366-8302 or visit www.harrysrestaurant.com.
She leaves her four children, Bruce Forsberg and his wife Gail of Northborough, David Forsberg and his wife Theresa of Beverly, Debra Steinmetz and her husband Mark of Grafton, and Peter Forsberg and girlfriend Abby Smith of Auburn; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; her brother, John Greenwood II and his wife Martha of Holliston; her sister, Nancy Grant of Uxbridge; and many nieces and nephews. An infant grandson, Nicholas, predeceased her.
Born in Worcester, she was the daughter of J. Roger and R. Florence (Jacobson) Greenwood. A graduate of Millbury High School, class of 1950, she also attended Dean Jr. College.
Lois worked at Carl Stortz Co. in Charlton, in the area of electronic inspection of medical equipment and assembly. Her previous places of employment included EMC and Data General.
She loved Bingo, trips to Foxwoods and knitting. Years ago, she enjoyed golfing at Westborough Country Club.
A private graveside service will be held in Pine Grove Cemetery in Westborough. Hays Funeral Home of Northborough is assisting the Forsberg family with arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.
To share a memory or to leave an online condolence, visit www.haysfuneralhome.com.]]>
Region – Webster Five Cents Savings Bank announces an addition to the Retail Lending Department and has named Nicholas Lynch a mortgage loan originator. Lynch brings 10 years of experience working with customers in multiple communities in and around Worcester County within the financial services industry. Having worked in all areas of consumer banking, he brings a vast amount of business insight to the team. In his new role at Webster Five, he will actively cultivate business relationships with members of the community to ultimately obtain residential mortgage loans.
Lynch spent the majority of his career at Bank of America, where he worked for 10 years as a financial center manager. He graduated from Nichols College with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration in 2005. He currently sits on the Nichols College Alumni Board of Directors and serves as an Auburn Town Meeting member. The territory in which Nicholas Lynch will cover includes Auburn and Shrewsbury.]]>
Marlborough – In 2008, the Marlborough Historical Society added 17 decorated trees to its Christmas at the Farm, an event held at its quaint Peter Rice Homestead. That simple idea has evolved to become this year’s eighth annual Metrowest Festival of Trees, expected to feature over 125 trees and wreaths displayed alongside other attractions for the fourth year at the 47,500-square-foot Best Western Royal Plaza Trade Center.
The festival benefits the Marlborough Historical Society, of which event chair Bob Kane is curator. He notes that the larger venue accommodates more activities, which in turn can raise additional funds.
“The homestead was nice for atmosphere, but we’re doing this as our major fundraiser,” Kane explained. “Families can go there and have fun, do holiday shopping and maybe win a tree. We wanted to make it a multifaceted event for all ages.”
Businesses, organizations and community leaders sponsor the decorated artificial trees, which are prizes of a raffle. Trees range in height from two- to 7-1/2 feet.
About 77 vendors including artisans and crafters will offer unique opportunities for holiday shoppers. Among the expected items are cannoli, crocheted pieces, decorated tiles, honey, jewelry and ornaments.
A miniature Victorian Village with over 100 buildings and trains is a multigenerational favorite attraction. A camera attached to a mini-locomotive captures its movement, which is projected onto a screen. The trains are owned by Glenn Foley, a Historical Society trustee. The village was donated by Patty Hogan, a former downtown merchant. Signage identifies buildings including Concannon’s, a store that was owned by the late John Noble.
“Those downtown stores are well-remembered by a lot of people – like me,” Kane noted. “People get a kick out of the whole concept of the village with the trains going around.”
Further creating a nostalgic ambience is Santa’s Workshop with Bob LeDuc of Wooden Toys & Crafts. Children can visit North Pole Play Land with several amusements including a carousel. Guests of all ages will enjoy Candy Land with old-fashioned treats provided by the Wayside Country Store. Theatrical backdrops surround an area known as Dickens Village.
For the second year, the professional quartet Olde Towne Carolers will stroll and serenade Saturday and Sunday afternoons into the early evenings. An entertainment stage will host several acts including the First Church of Marlborough Bell Ringers, beginning late-morning Saturday; the Hudson-based Women of Note a cappella chorus Saturday afternoon; and pianist and singer Ed McCarron throughout the weekend. Also taking the stage each day will be Santa Claus meeting children.
“Santa is always the biggest entertainer,” Kane added.
In its fourth year, the Gingerbread Village competition includes two categories, novice and experienced, as well as a People’s Choice Award. Prizes will total $1,000.
“Gingerbread Village gets bigger and bigger each year,” Kane said.
In addition to benefiting Marlborough historical programs, the fundraiser helps toward maintenance of the Peter Rice Homestead, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Kane noted.
“We have an old, 1688 homestead that costs us about $6,600 a year to heat and constantly needs small repairs,” he said. “We house thousands of Marlborough artifacts in there. I think it’s very important to preserve Marlborough’s history. We decided to get creative and produce something that people of all ages would enjoy, and help us raise the money needed.”
Festivities are scheduled for Friday, Dec. 11, 5 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Deadline to apply for tree sponsorship and Gingerbread Village entries is Monday, Dec. 7.
For applications and other event information, visit metrowestfot.org. For information about the Marlborough Historical Society visit historicmarlborough.org and on Facebook at facebook.com/MarlboroughHistoricalSociety.]]>
Northborough – Pick up a tag and make a senior citizen’s holiday a little bit brighter. Northborough based Home Instead Senior Care is once again teaming up with Central One Federal Credit Union for its Be a Santa to a Senior program. The community is invited to participate to make it a success.
Home Instead Marketing Director and Community Service Representative Wendy Nollman has been involved in the holiday effort since 2008.
Home Instead, an international home care franchise company, partners with community service organizations which serve the senior population such as assistant living residences and senior centers. The program is adapted to the given community’s needs.
“The program in Northborough benefits those seniors who are alone for the holidays, have no family nearby, or have limited or no resources,” said Nollman. The Northborough Senior Center assists in anonymously identifying those seniors in town and confidentiality of the recipients is a priority.
A tag is created for each senior in need and hung on a tree located in the lobby of Central One Federal Credit Union located at 148 Main St., Northborough. Customers and community members are invited to stop by to take a tag and fulfill the tag request.
Northborough Senior Center Director Kelly Burke said, “The seniors are always very appreciative of the gifts that they receive through this program. There are 30 seniors that are participating this year.”
The tag may include specific items needed by the senior, but there are tags requesting general stocking stuffer items like powder, paper pads, pens and stamps.
The program runs from Monday, Nov. 30, to Friday, Dec. 11. Unwrapped donations should be returned to Central One’s location.
“It is so heartwarming to see every year how people are so generous,” said Nollman.
Central One’s Northborough Branch Manager Kate Shaw is also impressed with the generosity.
“Not only will people return with the gifts they purchased, they will also bring in large shopping bags full of stocking stuffers,” she said. “It is an event many people in the community care about and look forward to. It is such a wonderful program and I am so happy that Home Instead chooses to partner with us year after year.”]]>