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GRAFTON LOCAL NEWS & EVENTS

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Super Park to be reborn in Grafton

Grafton - One of the losses to Grafton upon the construction of the new high school was an area near Town Hall that had been dubbed “Super Park”. In its original configuration, Super Park was a rather undistinguished area of set tunnels, ladders, slides, and other obstacles arranged near several benches and tables at which adults could sit and supervise children at play. Since then, a new Super Park Committee has been created to oversee the construction of a newer, more ambitious park.

Library director updates Grafton selectmen on successful year

Grafton - Library Director Beth Gallaway briefed the Board of Selectmen during its meeting May 5 on the town library’s many successes during 2014. The numbers tell an optimistic story. During the year, books out were up 28 percent to 142,300, while digital items out were up 40 percent. The library entertained 64,377 visitors, up 35 percent, compiled by using an automatic door counter. New for children are “build kits” that can be checked-out. Visitors buying coffee ($1.00) at the library and using the WiFi access accounted for a large part of the visitor upsurge, as the library provides the only WiFi available to many townspeople.

Alicia M. Makowiecki, 83, of Grafton

Grafton - Alicia M. "Alice" Makowiecki, 83, of Grafton, died peacefully in her sleep Friday, May 1, 2015 in Worcester. She was born in...

Yvonne C. Leeman, 75, of Grafton

Grafton - Yvonne C. (Dion) Leeman, 75, passed away at home Saturday, April 25, 2015, surrounded by her family. Her husband, Albert "Bushey" Leeman,...

Robert J. Kell, 73, of Grafton

Grafton - Robert J. Kell, 73, passed Friday, April 24, 2015 from complications of recent illness. He leaves his wife of 52 years, Karen R....

Groundbreaking held for Grafton’s Town House renovations

Grafton – Under brilliant blue skies, town officials and residents gathered at the back of Grafton Town House located at 1 Grafton Common May 2 to celebrate the groundbreaking of the historic landmark’s Phase II Accessibility Project. The project, which is a venture between the town and the building’s lead tenant, the nonprofit group Apple Tree Arts will bring the building into compliance with Massachusetts Architectural Access Board standards as well as meet current fire safety standards.

Grafton selectmen pull Town Meeting article

Grafton – During its April 21 meeting, the Grafton Board of Selectmen again reviewed the proposed articles to be included in the warrant for the Town Meeting scheduled for Monday, May 11.

Briggs performs music with friends in Grafton and beyond

Grafton – Country-rock singer-songwriter Josh Briggs immediately jumped into the Grafton area music scene at the young age of 14. His family moved from upstate New York to Massachusetts the summer before his freshman year at Grafton High School (GHS), where he graduated in 1992.

Zumba classes offered in Grafton

Grafton - Grafton Recreation is offering Zumba toning classes each Tuesday up to May 26, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Grafton Municipal...

Grafton community leaders share story time with students

Grafton – Twenty-five special guests were welcomed April 27 by second- to sixth-graders at North Street Elementary School (NSES) for the sixth annual Community Reading Day, organized by the North Grafton Elementary Schools Parent Teacher Group. Most books were selected because they relate to the students’ curriculum or the readers’ professions; others were chosen and brought by the guests.

Carol A. Brawn-Bragdon, 74, of Northbridge/Grafton

Northbridge/Grafton – Carol A. (Gilligan) Brawn-Bragdon, 74, passed peacefully Wednesday, April 22, 2015 after recent illness. Carol is survived by her daughter, Dorothy Hultquist and...

Robert J. Dowd, 69, of Grafton

Grafton - Robert J. Dowd, 69, passed away Wednesday, April 22, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. Bob is survived by his wife, Patricia Dowd;...

Grafton selectmen pull Town Meeting article

Grafton – During its April 21 meeting, the Grafton Board of Selectmen again reviewed the proposed articles to be included in the warrant for the Town Meeting scheduled for Monday, May 11.

Montene Murphy Bieber, 91, formerly of Westborough and Grafton

Worcester - Montene Murphy Bieber, 91, of Worcester, formerly of Grafton and Westborough, died Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at home. She was the wife...

Grafton student brings history to life, sews authentic Civil War gowns

Grafton - Juliana West, a senior at the Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, has a love for history which began at a very young age. From attending Renaissance fairs in costume with her mother and sister as a little girl to recently attending a Confederate Christmas ball, West has an affinity for history that reaches far beyond facts taught in textbooks.

Grafton softball hopes to continue winning streak

Grafton – When 16-year Grafton High School varsity softball Head Coach John Gemme assembled his players for the 2012 season, he knew he had the makings of something special. He knew there was talent, dedication and a winning attitude, but not even he could forecast the incredible run of success that was about to unfold.

Grafton native serves aboard USS New Orleans

Grafton - Lt. Michael Batcheller, a native of Grafton and 2002 graduate of Grafton High School, is serving aboard USS New Orleans (LPD 18), one of the Navy’s newest and most advanced amphibious ships, designed to deliver Marines and their equipment to and from war zones.

Homefield Credit Union employee to be honored as a ‘Rising Star’

Grafton - Lloyd L. Hamm Jr., president and CEO of Homefield Credit Union, announced that Doug Lanzillo, assistant vice president of real estate lending, is nominated and will be honored April 29 as a Rising Star at the 2015 Great New England Credit Union Show, an annual event that is attended by over 600 credit union professionals.

Grafton Inn provides warm welcome with comfort food and drink

Grafton – The Grafton Inn has been a landmark on Grafton Common since 1805, and its appeal has only increased over the years as it has grown into a popular neighborhood spot for food, drinks and friendly service.

Apple Tree Arts offers April vacation theater workshops

Grafton – Apple Tree Arts will be hosting two special theater workshops over the April school vacation break. The community school of the arts is offering two workshops – one for grades three to five and another for grades six to nine. Call 508-839-4286 or visit www.appletreearts.org to register. Space is limited.