Monday, March 31, 2014

Free Training for CERT 2014

Please join us for our CERT certification course this spring and learn how to become a valuable team member in local Disaster Response. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Middleborough CERT will work and train with Middleborough Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) to support and strengthen public health initiatives and community emergency preparedness and response. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.


This course will include class lecture with hands-on experience to practice skills taught in lecture, including search & rescue and triage. Guest speakers will also bring professional experience and training to re-enforce participant understanding.

The modules and class dates are as follows:

April 15 6:30-8:30 PM Unit 1. Disaster Preparedness

April 29 6:30-8:30 PM Unit 2. Fire Safety

May 6 6:30- 8:30 PM Unit 3 &4 Disaster Medical Operations

May 13 6:30-8:30 PM Unit 5. Light Search & Rescue Operations

May 20 6:30-8:30 PM Unit 6. CERT Organization

May 27 6:30-8:30 PM Unit 7&8.Disaster Psychology & Terrorism

June 2 6:30-8:30 PM Unit 9. Course Review and Certification

Location: Middleboro Town Hall 

20 Center Street 3rd Floor
Middleborough, MA 02346

To sign up please email me by April 4, 2014 at or call 508-946-2408

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me any time.

Can’t make all of the units? No problem, just call me and we can make it work!

I look forward to seeing you!

Jessica Gardner
Animal/Health Inspector
Middleboro Health Dept.
MRC & CERT Volunteer/Trainer

Friday, March 21, 2014

Gotta Sing!

If you are 13 and under and like music, join your friends as we prepare for the Middleboro Music Guild Youth Concert on Sunday, April 6, at 3:00 at the Central Congregational Church across the street. Our church is sending a group, directed by Murray Kidd. The song is a joyful rendition of “Gaudeamus Hodie” (#390 in our grey hymnal) which means “Let us rejoice today!” We may do one additional song if there are enough children involved from FUUSM. Other groups from churches and schools will be performing, and ALL the singers will unite for “Eidelweiss” from Sound of Music as a closing song, led by Councilwoman Leilani Dalpe.

We'll have three important rehearsals in the sanctuary to prepare for this concert:

Sunday, March 23, from 11:45 to 12:15

Sunday, March 30, from 11:45 to 12:15

Sunday, April 6, from 1:30 to 2:00

At 2:00 on April 6, we will walk across the street for the combined choir rehearsal from 2:00-2:30.

The Concert starts at 3:00 and will be done by about 4:30.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Volunteer to Make a Difference at Soule Homestead this Spring!

Three Opportunities to Make a Difference
at Soule Homestead this Spring!
Winter is nearly over and now it's time for spring cleaning at the Soule Homestead. Staff and volunteers will gather at the education center and farm located on 46 Soule Street in Middleboro on three special Saturdays to do just that. Depending on the weather, each Volunteer Work Day will offer specific indoor and outdoor projects for people to help out with from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and anyone from the community may sign-up to join in. 

During the month of March the focus will be on cleaning and reorganizing the Poultry Barn for the resident chickens, ducks and geese. Every year, the Soule Homestead holds it's Sheep Day / Earth Day event in early May and April's focus will be on preparing the barn and grounds in anticipation of all the families that will be visiting during the event which is dedicated to educating the public about sheep, shearing, sheepdogs, and the myriad processes of wool. The focus in May will be on cleaning and organizing the woodshed along with other ongoing projects. 

Volunteering is a wonderful way to get to know this worthwhile organization, make new friends, and make a difference while helping out at the farm. "Many hands make light work," as the saying goes, and the staff would love to have help from members of the community. Individual and family participation is encouraged and all are welcome to bring a picnic lunch and stay beyond the scheduled work time. 

Any amount of time spent at the Soule Homestead is sure to be an enjoyable, worthwhile experience and your help will be well appreciated. All Volunteer Work Days will be held rain or shine and refreshments will be served. Please call the office with your availability, 508-947-6744 or email:

A complete calendar of spring events, children's programs, adult craft workshops, and current publication of the "Heart & Soule" Quarterly Newsletter can be viewed on the website Be sure to visit for the most up-to-the minute news and "like what you see!"

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Book Lecture with Judge Michael Ponsor

Please mark your calendars now for a special author talk and presentation by U.S. District Judge Michael Ponsor. He will speak at the Library on Thursday, March 27, at 7:00 p.m.

Author of The Hanging Judge, the first legal thriller to describe a death penalty case from the perspective of the presiding judge, Ponsor is an experienced federal trial judge. He presided over a rare death penalty trial in Springfield, MA, for five months during 2000 to 2001, the first in Massachusetts in more than 50 years. 
Judge Ponsor continues to serve as a senior U.S. district judge in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Western Division, with responsibility for federal criminal and civil cases in the four counties of western Massachusetts.
Even with capital punishment being such a controversial issue, readers of all political persuasions should be able to enjoy the novel. Rather than taking a position on either side of the issue The Hanging Judge tries only to describe how the process really works, "or at least how I have observed it to work," notes Ponsor.
The Hanging Judge tries only to describe how the process really works, "or at least how I have observed it to work," notes Ponsor.