Monday, December 31, 2012

To Drive the Cold Winter Away

Solstice Singers performing at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Middleboro, 25 South Main St., on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013. Performance at 4:00, followed by a festive soup, bread and dessert supper. All are welcome “To Drive the Cold Winter Away”. 

Come enjoy the SOLSTICE SINGERS on Saturday, January 5th, in the candlelit sanctuary of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Middleboro, located at 25 South Main Street. The show “To Drive the Cold Winter Away” begins at 4:00, followed by hearty soups, baskets of breads and platters of desserts in the festive Parish Hall. The suggested donation for a great show and delicious supper is $25 and $20 for students and seniors. This is a family show appropriate for children ages 7 and older, and the family rate is $40 which covers 2 adults and the children. Child care for younger children is available upon request. For more information and reservations, please call the church at 508-947-1935. The snow date is Sunday, January 6th.

The Solstice Singers, under the direction of Lore Loftfield De Bower, is a Falmouth-based singing ensemble celebrating its 20th anniversary this season. The Middleboro performance will include some members of the children’s chorus Les Enfants de Soleil, along with members from the renowned early music instrumental ensemble Passacaglia. The program features Renaissance and Medieval music, song, dance, and poetry, including such favorites as the Boar’s Head Carol, Lord of the Dance, Sicut Cervus, and Coventry Carol. Romance, tongue-in-cheek fun, grief and sorrow (perhaps mock), and a bit of sweet and boisterous praise are all represented, reflecting the reverence and revelry of the season. The ensemble performs in colorful, authentic costume complementing rich harmonies to capture a sense of joy and wonder. Middleboro Unitarian Universalist members Susan and Dan Hotchkiss perform in this group. As the dark lingers, and the holidays fade, come and enjoy a festive evening with friends and neighbors. The music and food will feed your soul and help “to drive the cold winter away”!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

2013 Run For Your Lunch

Registration is now open for the 2013 Run For Your Lunch. This road race is a great way to keep up with your New Year's resolutions and benefits the All Are Welcome Community Kitchen!

When: Sunday, January 20th at 1PM

North Congregational Church
38 Plymouth Street
Middleboro, MA 02346

5.5K run / walk
chowder & bread lunch
includes clam or corn chowder, fresh baked bread, drinks and dessert


registration - $20 (includes lunch!)
lunch only - $10

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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Thanks to Param0unt solutions!

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Thanks Param0unt!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Twilight Owl Prowl

Saturday, January 12th, 2013
4 to 6 p.m.

Location: Soule Homestead Education Center, 46 Soule St., Middleboro, MA
Instructor: Marla Isaacs of New England Reptiles and Raptor Exhibits
Audience: An adventure for all ages!
Fee: $5 per person; groups of 5 or more $4 per person

Join us at twilight at the Soule Homestead Education Center to explore and identify nocturnal wildlife as it awakens! This exciting interactive educational presentation will begin with a talk about native owls, including a show of live rescued owls. The program will continue outside with an exciting walk into the surrounding woods and fields to look and listen for wild native owls. 

Instructions and Directions: Dress in 'quiet' layers for cold weather with boots, hats and mittens. There is plenty of parking at the Soule Homestead property and restrooms are available. 

Registration is required. Space is limited and pre-registration and payment must be received by noon, January 10th. Payments may be mailed or call 508-947-6744 to arrange drop-off. Please include your name, number of adults and children attending, telephone and email address for confirmation.

This event is weather dependent. We will call to confirm prior to the event.

For more information, contact:
Laurie Amberman,
Children's Educator

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Get Your MassPass Book for Christmas

We have a few Boston Masspass books left with proceeds to benefit Beth Ann's Running Boston and the Ace Bailey Children's Foundation. The books are just $25 and make a great last minute gift. 

Email if you want one delivered today!

Blood Drive Today!

Middleborough's 3 service clubs, the Kiwanis, Rotary and Lions Clubs are sponsoring a Community Blood Drive on Saturday, Dec. 22 at the Northbrook Academy, 40 North Main St. from 10 AM to 3 PM.

Please consider giving the gift of life. One donation can help up to 3 people. Make an appointment online at or just stop by this Saturday.

A Letter from the Superintendent of Schools

To Members of the Middleborough Community,

It is with great sorrow that we learned today that children and adults in Connecticut were senselessly shot at school.  Our sympathies and prayers go out to all the parents, teachers, children and community members in Newtown, Connecticut.

I want to assure you that the Middleborough Police and I have been communicating during this school year and will continue to communicate to make the best decisions about the safety of all of our students and staff.   We have been discussing the safety procedures and protocols necessary to undertake in the event of an emergency.

Police Chief Gates, Lieutenant Ferreira, our safety officer, and I are organizing a walk-through during December vacation time so that all officers, especially new hires, will become familiar with the school geography.  

All of our principals and assistant principals are actively  refreshing every staff members’ knowledge of the safety procedures necessary for daily school operation.  Keeping doors locked, keeping doors closed and not propped open, and general use of common sense help to keep us all safe.

Please know that Middleborough Public Schools  is invested in the safety of all who are within our buildings.  When you speak with your children about today’s incident, please assure them that they are safe in school.

Roseli Weiss

Friday, December 21, 2012

Fire Department Raising Funds for Newtown

MIDDLEBOROUGH – The fire department and Ms. Bonnie Leonard of 37 Silo Lane partnered in a fundraising effort to support the Sandy Hook School Fund.

A Holiday Tree has been set up in front of the Central Fire Station, 125 North Main Street. Anyone that wishes to make a monetary donation of $1.00 (larger donations accepted) will receive a black ribbon to be placed on the tree. Additionally, a sympathy card will be available to sign that will accompany the donation. The tree and ribbons will be available until January 6, 2013.
All donations will go to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund.

A special thanks to Dellarocco’s Landscape Design and Irrigation of 193 West Grove St., Rte. 28, Middleborough, Ma. for the donation of the tree.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Boston MassPass Books Available for Holiday Presents

Around the Bogs is selling Boston MassPass books for $25 each with proceeds to benefit the Ace Bailey Children's Foundation. This coupon book is a great holiday gift for those still on your shopping list.
For more information or to order a book, please email Around the Bogs by clicking here.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Heart and Soule Valentines Dance Tickets on Sale

Saturday, February 9 ~ 7:00 to 11:00pm

Join us for our annual fundraising dance at the Middleboro Town Hall. "Dale & the Duds" will provide hours of old time rock & roll musical entertainment. Along with raffles, there will be refreshments and a cash bar. Tickets are $20 per person. Seating is limited; only 250 tickets will be sold. Purchase advance tickets until Thursday, February 7th, at Soule Homestead and the following Middleboro businesses: Mack's Music, Maria's Cards & Gifts, and Mary Barry Massage. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door. For more information please call us at 508-947-6744 or email

Friday, December 7, 2012

Christmas for a Cure 2012

Date: December 15, 2012
Time: 2PM
Location: Middleboro High School

Don't miss our fantastic show this year! Come see this years Christmas for a Cure, a variety show with singers, dancers from 6 different local dance schools, musicians and more! All the proceeds go to raising money for cancer. Please help by joining us for a great show for a great cause! Tickets are only a $10 donation at the door. Pass the word to friends and family so we can reach our goal!!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Holiday celebration to be held Sunday

The downtown holiday celebration kicks off Sunday, December 2, 2012 ! Come and join the fun in downtown Middleborough!

The line up of events include the following:

Events at the Middleborough Public Library from 2 -4. Holiday concert by Paramusia. Book signing and holiday sale with new Christmas book and selection of Christmas floral items.

Events at the Burt Wood School of Performing Arts from 10 - 3

Entertainment on the Town Hall Lawn from 4 - 6. Santa will be on hand, performances by choruses and holiday decorations will be lit.

The Office of Economic Development, Middleborough on the Move and Cranberry Chamber of Commerce will be passing out passports to the busineses that day. There will be an official pasport as the ballot for the decorating contest. The voters must have a stamp marking from five stores to officially vote. There will be a popular vote for the first and second prie and also a judges' vote for first and second prize. Window winners will receive a gift certificate from local participating businesses. Qualified voters will be put into a raffle to win a gift certificate from a local business. Voters can drop off ballots at the participating stores.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Holiday Concert and Book Sale at the Library

December 2 will be a wonderful family day at the Library. Paramusia will kick off the event at 2 pm with a Holiday Concert. Middleboro resident Ann Cavanaugh and partner Steve Gabovitch make their return engagement to bring music and cheer to the Main Floor Reading Room.

Immediately following, the Friends of the Library will host a book signing and sale on the lower level. Two local authors will be on hand to sign copies of their books. Marilyn Thayer's Middleborough Through the Ages will make a great gift for history buffs and students alike. 

Kelley Joyce presents her recently released Amos the Elf and His Magical Pajamas. Ms. Joyce's inspiration for this well-illustrated children's book comes from her own family's Christmas Eve tradition. 

The Ex-Libris Book Store will also be open with more children's books and other special holiday items for sale. Shoppers will be able to purchase collectible ornaments and a selection of Christmas decorative items. 

Refreshments will be served as well. Several Friends are famous for their baking expertise. Make sure you're in line for one of these delicious treats.

Holiday Open House

Holiday Open House
Sunday, December 2
6:00 p.m. 

The First Unitarian Universalist Society of Middleboro is participating in the Middleboro Holiday Tour of local churches. 

We need tour guides and donations of hot chocolate, hot cider and cookies. Please let Juli Gould know if you can help with tours or refreshments (; 508-923-1979). 

We are also looking for volunteers to help clean the church on Saturday afternoon, December 1. Please let Rev. Sarah know if you are able to help

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Holiday Fair/Wreath Workshops/Soup & Bowl Fundraiser

Saturday, December 1st, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Soule Homestead

Delicious homemade baked goods and hand-crafted items will be on sale; free children's craft activities are planned throughout the day. Take your own pictures with Santa between 10 a.m. and noon, suggested donation: $1. Local musicians will be dropping by for the Open Mic & Music Jam onstage in the new addition / classroom. Musicians: bring your instruments and your best voice! 3 songs or 12 minutes, suggested donation: $5. Call for sign-up details.

Mary Ann Cunningham will lead two decorating workshops for us this year. Sign up to make a holiday centerpiece, swag or door hanging from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. ($20 member / $25 non-member) or try your hand at a holiday wreath from 1 to 3 p.m. ($25 member / $30 non-member). Choose from fresh-cut greens of holly, pine, spruce, hemlock and cedar; add natural and festive finishing touches and end with a perfect bow. Space is limited. Pre-registration required.
A Soup & Bowl Fundraiser Lunch will be served from 12 to 2 p.m. Choose a hand-painted, kiln fired pottery bowl to take home. Bowl prices start at $10 and include a cup of soup, fresh bread, and beverage. Lunch and additional refreshments will also be available without purchase of bowl.

53rd Annual Christmas Parade

The 53rd Annual Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 1 p.m. The Christmas Parade Committee has announced that the theme for this year's parade is "O Christmas Tree". There is a rain or snow date of Sunday, November 25.

The parade will begin at 1 p.m. from the Henry B. Burkland School, continue up Mayflower Avenue to Courtland Street, around Station Street, down Center Street, continue to South Main Street and return to the Henry B. Burkland School.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

From the Around the Bogs family to all of our followers and friends, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

"Let's Talk Turkey!" Vacation Program

Looking to find interesting and low-cost 'day-after-Thanksgiving' and winter school vacation activities for your child?

Look no further. Soule Homestead's children's educator, Laurie Amberman, is offering a program on Friday, November 23rd from 9:30 a.m. until noon at the education center located 46 Soule Street in Middleboro.

Children between the ages of 5 and 10 years will enjoy this outdoor program exploring an organic farm, creating an art project and learning about wild turkeys too!

The cost is to participate is $13 for members or $15 for non-members.

For more information call Laurie Amberman at 508-947-6744.

Click here to learn more about their December & February Vacation Programs

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

American Red Cross Blood Drive

Join the American Red Cross for a blood drive.

Date: Tuesday, November 27th
Time: 2PM to 7PM
Location: Mitchell Memorial Club (29 Elm Street, Middleboro)

Double red cell donations are available at this drive. Enter to win a Turkey-a-Day ($50 Gift Card)

To make an appointment, please call 800-733-2767 or visit

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Pot Luck Supper Celebrating the Harvest

Friday, November 9, at 6:00 p.m.

Friends, Neighbors, Kids Welcome!

Come join your church family for food, talk and thought.
Bring your favorite dish for your family and to share with others.
Our theme is "harvest," so let that inspire dishes made from squash, apples, pumpkins and other bounty from your garden or farm stand.

If you are short on time, stop by the store and buy items you can share - salad, roast chicken, ice cream, bread, fruit and cheese.

Please use the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the Parish Hall, or you may RSVP to Andrea Priest at

After dinner, Michael Rozyne will be sharing his expertise on some of the most provocative issues facing the local food movement right now as "food for thought" and discussion.

Come on down, the coffee is on!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Eva Lipton Benefit

Saturday, November 10, 2012
7:30 - 10:00 p.m.
At the Marshfield Hills Coffee House
North Community Church Parish Hall
83 Old Main Street, Marshfield Hills
Featuring: The Joyful Voices of Inspiration Gospel Choir
Adults: $20 donation / Teens: $10 donation

On March 30, 2012 our neighbor, Eva Lipton, and three other Silver Lake High School Juniors were involved in a car crash with a school bus that left Eva with very serious injuries and in a coma. Her condition has remained virtually unchanged for the last seven months. Her mom, Becky, and many other friends and family have been at Eva's side every day since last spring.

The Liptons live about ½ mile from Soule Homestead. I drive by the Lipton house every day on my way to the farm and pray for Eva and her family in my own way. I have made a monetary contribution as well. There are many ways to help people. This event is one.

The Lipton family needs your support. If you are able to attend the November 10th event please enjoy yourself. If you can not attend but would like to help please make your check out to Rebecca Lipton and send it to Frank Albani, Soule Homestead, 46 Soule Street, Middleboro, MA 02346. I will deliver the donations from the Soule Homestead family on Monday, November 12th.


Frank Albani, Soule Homestead

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Electronics and Appliance Recycling Day

Saturday, November 3rd, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Soule Homestead will host a fall Electronics and Appliance Recycling Fundraiser in the parking lot of the Middleboro Town Hall. For a minimal fee you can drop off your old electronics and appliances. We are also accepting clean redeemable bottles and cans during the event. A list of prices and accepted items will be available on our website

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Jeff Belanger Back By Popular Demand

Back by popular demand is one of the most visible and prolific paranormal researchers today, author Jeff Belanger. Belanger will be making a repeat appearance at the Middleborough Public Library to present a multi-media presentation on Friday, October 26, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Titled, "Ghosts and Hauntings," Belanger's new presentation will use images, audio clips and video to examine the famous, like the Tower of London and the White House, and the infamous like Amityville. There will be a question and answer session for the audience and Belanger will have autographed books available for purchase. His appearance is sponsored by the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library, and is free and open to the public. 

Belanger knows all about things that go bump in the night. For the last 15 years, he's searched the world for monsters, ghosts, and other paranormal legends that have seeped into our culture, folklore, religion, and even our history books. "We're thrilled to have Jeff Belanger back at our library, " says Director Danielle Bowker. "The paranormal is such a popular topic, and we want to offer our patrons and guests the experience of an in-depth look at ghosts and legends from a person who is world-renowned on the subject."

"I can't wait to haunt the Middleborough Public Library again," says Belanger. "We'll dim the lights, talk about the ghost experience, and see the evidence and theories regarding the paranormal. I've spoken on the topic of the supernatural all over the country-there's nothing like sharing in this discussion in person."

Monday, October 22, 2012


After many years of planning events in recognition of others’ achievements, the Middleborough Rotary Club’s vocational service chairman, Daniel Medeiros, will be honored this fall.


Friday, October 19, 2012

Middleboro Blood Drive

The Kiwanis, Rotary and Lions Clubs of Middleboro are sponsoring a Blood Drive
Saturday, October 20 from 10 am to 3 PM
Elks Hall - Oak St. Middleboro

To pre-register go to, call 1-800-Red Cross (800-733-2767)
Walk-ins Welcome! Bring along some non-perishable food items for our local food banks and walk away with a gift for donating.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Community Recycling Event

On Saturday October 20th, 2012 at the Kingston Commuter Rail parking lot on Marion Drive the MBTA will be holding a Community Recycling Event from 10:00 AM to 2:00PM. The event is open to the residents of Kingston and the surrounding communities such as Bridgewater, Duxbury, Middleboro, Pembroke, Plymouth or any other community. If you live anywhere close to the station it is a perfect time to get rid of that “stuff “in your garage or basement!

The MBTA encourages people to dispose of everything from refrigerators to lawnmowers in a responsible way, therefore, every item will eventually be dismantled and have zero landfill impact. The following list is what will be accepted:

TV’s at a cost of 35 cents a pound – Everything else is FREE!

Electronics: computers, monitors, VCRs, cell phones, keyboards, printers, copiers, faxes, modems, cabling, wire, cords, cameras, videos, scanners, walkmans, ipods, hard drives, stereos, speakers, etc.

Metal: all types, all kinds, swing sets, fencing, rebar, pots, pans, file cabinets, etc.

Electrical: wires, cables, motors, batteries, power tools, enclosures, panels, light fixtures,

Toys: plastic, metal, electronic

Textiles: clothing, household linens, shoes, belts, stuffed animals, in any condition (must be dry)

: washers, dryers, AC units, stoves, refrigerators, microwaves, trash compactors, etc.

Small Appliances: vacuums, irons, blenders, toaster, food processors, lamps, humidifiers,

Yard & Power Equipment: mowers, weed wackers, tillers, chainsaws, etc

(please empty fuel & oil)

Will not accept: wood, glass, hazardous materials, liquids, tires, mattresses, carpets, textiles, upholstered furniture, styrofoam, fluorescent bulbs, toilets, no household trash.

For more information please contact: or 617-222-5750