Monday, September 18, 2017

What is carbon pricing?


WHAT IS CARBON PRICING?
And How Can It Help Us in Massachusetts?
with Dr. Marc Breslow of Climate XChange

Soule Homestead Education Center
46 Soule Street, Middleborough
Monday, September 25, at 7:00 p.m
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Since the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord this year, climate action has fallen to the states. Massachusetts state legislators have stepped up with two bills that put a price on carbon emissions from the fuels we use. No state policy is as effective at reducing the gases that cause climate change. Hear how Massachusetts citizens can seize one of our best chances to lead on climate policy. All are welcome.

This talk is cosponsored by the Climate Justice Group of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Middleborough as part of its speaker series, and by the Soule Homestead Education Center.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Back to School Book Swap at the YMCA


Join the Middleborough Public Library between 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM  at the Middleborough YMCA on Saturday, September 23 and swap your gently used books for new-to-you ones just in time for the start of the school year. 

All who attend will be entered into a drawing for prizes from the Library. 

 The book swap takes place at the Middleborough YMCA located at 61 East Grove St.

Monday, September 4, 2017

North Congregational Church to Host Roast Beef Supper

On Saturday, September 16, North Congregational Church will host its first Roast Beef Supper of the fall season. The traditional family-style suppers have been hosted at the local “Yellow Church” through the generations. An all-you-can-eat delight, they continue to be a crowd pleaser for the thousands of guests who have been treated to the suppers over the years.

From sumptuous, slow-cooked roast beef with gravy, mashed potatoes, fresh vegetables and cole slaw, to moist honey corn-bread and rolls, the supper is topped off with tea, coffee, cold drinks and a seasonal dessert.

A long-time guest at the traditional church supper recently stated, “I’ve been coming to these suppers for years – it’s still the best and most delicious deal in town!”

The Saturday, 9/16, supper will have two separate sittings – the first at 5:00 p.m., and the second at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are just $14 per person, with a discounted rate for children 12 and under at just $7. They may be purchased by calling Jane Bagdon at 508-947-4715 or Sue Dickow at 508-326-4446. North Congregational Church is located at 38 Plymouth Street in North Middleboro – and is accessible to all. Parking is available in the church lot or around picturesque Titicut Green.

For more information about the United Church of Christ parish, please visit www.northcongregationalchurch.com or on face book at North Congregational Church UCC, Middleborough, MA.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Donation Dog Wash & Adoption Event

K9 Camp and Resort, 554 West Grove Street, Middleboro (at the rotary), will be holding a dog wash and pet adoption event on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 from 11A - 4P to benefit The Jesse Heikkila Foundation.

All visitors to the event will be asked to donate an amount comparable to the regular price of a bath at our doggie spa (starting at $25) or more. All proceeds from dog washing will go directly to the Foundation.

The Jesse Heikkila Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization was created in July 2014 in memory of Jesse Heikkila. Jesse passed away at the tender age of 7 after a five year battle with Stage IV Neuroblastoma cancer. The Foundation goals are to raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer and to encourage community involvement motivating everyone to be an advocate for children with cancer.

All visitors who donate $100 or more will be entered into a door prize drawing for a flat screen TV!

Participating dogs must be on leash and current on all vaccinations.

In addition to the charitable dog wash, there will be several pet adoption agencies available to process applications.

Learn more about The Jesse Heikkila Foundation here: https://jesse.foundation/ or K9 Camp and Resort at our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/K9-Camp-Resort-94163560154/ or website: http://www.k9campandresort.com/

Walk N Roll Vendor Shopping Fundraiser


Come Shop with Some Wonderful Vendors while Team Walk n Roll hosts a Fundraiser for the Upcoming MDA Muscle Walk Cape Cod. 

There will be Raffles, 50/50, Cash Bar, Music by The Sugar Bears and a Facepainter/Balloons by Natali Eaton

Invite your Family and Friends!! Everyone of All Ages are Welcome!!

Date: Saturday, September 9th
Time: Noon to 4PM
Location: Mitchell Memorial Club
RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/274114629713930

Friday, September 1, 2017

Sunday Hours at the Middleboro Public Library


You can return to your favorite Sunday lounging spot on September 10. The Middleborough Public Library will be open every Sunday until Memorial Day from noon to 4:00 p.m. 

Hope to see you here soon curled up in a reading chair with the Sunday New York Times or maybe a favorite book on your e-reader.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Friends of Middleborough Cemeteries


The Friends of Middleborough Cemeteries (the FoMC) has been cleaning the 400+ headstones of the Veterans of the Civil War buried throughout Middleborough. 

We are currently working at Central Cemetery. The stones that we are now cleaning are large granite monuments. They have slowed our progress considerably! We need many hands to make light work of these monuments! 

There is no skill required for this. We need people who can apply elbow-grease!

We have scheduled work-days for these monuments. If you and a few friends can spare a few hours, you can make an impact and get us back on track!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Meeting House Church



Meeting House Church is located at 3 Nickerson Avenue in Middleboro and has recently merged with Bridgewater Baptist Church and is welcoming new members.

Attending a new church can be an adventure, so we work hard to make sure you feel welcome and enjoy your experience at Meeting House. Wear your favorite shirt and a pair of jeans or slacks and you won’t feel under dressed. If you have questions you can submit them on a communication card, send an email to info@meetinghousechurch.com, call, or set up a time to grab a coffee with one of our pastors and talk about it.

For more information about Meeting House Church, please visit their website by clicking here.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Krazy Days 2017

KRAZY DAYS, a free, family-oriented summer festival, presented by Middleborough On the Move, will be held on Friday, August 4 and Saturday, August 5 from 10AM-5PM both days. Middleborough On The Move (M.O.M.) is a recognized 501(c)(3), all volunteer organization whose mission is to encourage the development of business and community in Middleborough, by promoting Middleborough as an exciting place to live, work and invest.

KRAZY DAYS had been a long standing favorite in the town for decades until it's "final" run in 2003. In 2012, M.O.M. revived the popular event as a Buy Local initiative, encouraging residents and guests to revisit the Downtown and remember the benefits of community living. Since the first year of its reincarnation, KRAZY DAYS has grown to draw over 10,000 visitors and approximately 200 vendors. 2017 will be the biggest year yet, with a larger downtown area devoted to the festival allowing more vendor and activity space.

Highlights for KRAZY DAYS 2017 include returning favorites such as the Beer Garden, live entertainment on the center stage, the Children's Activity Park, and the Community Dinner. Catered by the Hideaway Restaurant, the Community Dinner will close out the Friday night events with a BBQ Chicken dinner on the lawn of Massasoit Community College from 4PM - 7PM. Tickets are $10 for adults, with a discount for a block of 8 tickets for $75. A special children's menu of Hamburger with Mac & Cheese will be available for $5. NEW activities this year will include a Touch-A-Truck event, the FUN BUS, and inflatable obstacle course!

In addition to the added attractions and vendors, year-round local businesses are invited to participate through sponsorships and the Passport promotion. Guests visit local shops to gather stamps on their Passport, which, when completed, can be used to enter a drawing for prizes donated by area businesses and restaurants. The Passport program offers an interactive experience for visitors to explore and discover community resources. Businesses located outside the festival area and those who have service related missions are encouraged to sponsor the event and receive promotional recognition for their participation.

A limited number of vendor spaces are still available; local crafters, entrepreneurs, service industries and others are encouraged to apply as soon as possible! Special consideration is offered for non-profit groups and Middleborough residents. Application forms and information are available on the M.O.M. website: http://www.middleboroughughonthemove.org/krazy-days/

KRAZY DAYS is a non-profit event presented by volunteers and only made possible thanks to area sponsorships: Barbato Construction, Bottleshop Liquors, Bourne Petroleum, Bridgewater Savings Bank, Coastline Heavy Duty Truck, Cranberry Chamber of Commerce, Dunkin Donuts, Eastern Bank, Egger’s Furniture, Erica’s Dance Academy, Gregory Scott Jewelers, Harry’s Bar and Grill, J. Lewis Construction, J.K. Oliveri Insurance, Jack Conway, Maddigan Tax Service, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Massasoit Community College, Mockingbird Hill Tree Care, Progress Pallet, Inc., Rockland Trust, White’s Auction, Wood Palace Kitchen. Additional contributions of time, talent and funds are always welcome.

More information is available online through the KRAZY DAYS Facebook page: www.facebook.com/krazydays , the Middleborough On the Move website, by attending a planning meeting, or by contacting the committee directly at emailmom02346@gmail.com.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Summer Reading Program


Summer Reading Programs for All Ages Continues through August 31

The Middleborough Public Library's annual Summer Reading Programs for kids, teens and adults kicked off in June and runs through Thursday, August 31.

Go to www.midlib.org to register and log your reading and challenge activities. Great prizes for all ages!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

A Most Delicious Fundraiser!



We had so much fun at our Farm to Table Dinner last year that we are chomping at the bit to do it again! Mark your calendar for Saturday, July 8th from 5pm till 8pm. We are excited to work with the talented chefs of The Tasty in Plymouth that will be preparing a full-on, nose to toes culinary adventure from pigs that are being raised here on site. In addition to pork, we will be offering vegetable side dishes also grown here by Farmer Dave Purpura of Plato's Harvest and locally brewed beer from our good friends at Mayflower Brewery. Simpson Springs of Easton will provide water and old-fashioned soda. We will also enjoy music from local favorites, The Lindsays. It promises to be a wonderful true farm-to-table (or Farm to Tasty!! as we are affectionately calling it!) with all proceeds benefitting the programs of Soule Homestead Education Center.

Tickets are $100 per person until July 1st. After July 1st, the price will jump to $125 so buy them early before they sell out! We hope to see you and we appreciate your support.



Wednesday, June 21, 2017

27th Annual Giant Yard Sale Set for June 23-24

Currently in its 27th year of hosting the annual Giant Yard Sale event, North Congregational Church will open its doors on Friday, June 23rd at noon to all yard sale customers. The Open Box Preview on Friday will be held inside the church and guests will be treated to an array of items, both large and small.

On Saturday, June 24, the action moves mostly outside where customers can find kitchenware, home décor, electronics, sporting equipment, leisure items, antiques, holiday decorations, pictures and frames, baskets and more.

Just steps inside the doors to the historic, yellow church will find furniture, rugs, children’s toys and items, clothing and shoes, luggage, pocketbooks, lamps, books, cds and videos.

The massive event is open to the public, but no early birds please. All proceeds from the 2-day sale go directly to the mission and vision of the United Church of Christ church in North Middleboro.

NCC is located at 38 Plymouth Street across from picturesque Titicut Green. Parking can be found in the church lot and around the Green. For more information, please visit www.northcongregationalchurch.com or on face book at North Congregational Church UCC, Middleborough, MA. You may also call 774-766-0055.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Exciting Upcoming Events at From Trash to Treasure


Located in the heart of downtown Middleboro, From Trash to Treasure has a great lineup of exciting events coming up at the shop for the month of July. In addition to the events, the store will be featuring a antique Middleboro collection coming in on July 1st fresh from a local estate.

Come celebrate Christmas in July all month with us.

Saturday, July 1: From Trash to Treasure is celebrating the military and all things patriotic. All military members with an ID will get 10% off their purchases.

Saturday, July 22: Louise Dery Wells and Glee Violette will be in the shop for a book signing.

Saturday, July 29: John White of White Auctions will be at the store giving appraisals. $5 an item with a limit of 3 items. No reservations required!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Craft, Create, Construct: Building Community


Put on your DIY hat and join us for "Craft, Create, Construct: Building Community @ the Library!"

To kick off our annual Summer Reading Programs, patrons are encouraged to stop by on Sat., June 17, during opening hours, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., where you can craft, create and construct. There will be Lego building, knitting and quilting, and woodworking, with the last activity start-time of 2:30 p.m. Participate in each station to earn a chance to win a prize, including a Lego set (donated by the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library), a plaque with your name on it for the Library's new birdhouse, (made and donated by Library Head of Circulation Melissa Guimont) or a beautiful quilted wall hanging (donated by the Water Street Quilters of Middleboro).

There will be a community-wide Lego build, where patrons can add one piece or an entire building to the group project. In addition, ardent fans of Lego minifigures are invited to stop by between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. to trade minifigures with other fans. The first 50 participants will receive a free minifigure to take home.

Register for a summer reading program (children's, teen or adult) at stations on each floor, and be automatically entered in a raffle to win one of six $10 Dunkin Donuts gift cards.

The Library will be open for normal business during this free event, and all ages are invited to attend.
Online and in-person registration opens Sat., June 17, and programs run through Thursday, August 31, 2017.

For more news and information about summer reading programming and events, check this newsletter, call 508-946-2470, or visit the library's website (www.midlib.org), Facebook page or the Middleborough Gazette.

We hope you'll drop by and learn a new skill or share your DIY talents with your Library community. See below for information on the individual programs for kids, teens and adults. Craft, Create, Construct @ the Library is made possible thanks to the support of the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Support Wildlands Trust


Wildlands Trust works throughout Southeastern Massachusetts to conserve and permanently protect native habitats, farmland, and lands of high ecological and scenic value that serve to keep our communities healthy and our residents connected to the natural world.

The Wildlands Trust will work to sustain the rural character and quality of life enjoyed by the residents of Southeastern Massachusetts by protecting high quality conservation and agricultural lands. They envision a future where open land is abundant, our water is clean, and forests, farms, wetlands, fields, ponds, and coastal areas are commonplace sightings on our landscape.

For more information on Wildlands Trust and for information on the amazing work they do across Southeastern Massachusetts, please click here to visit their website.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

NCC Looking for Donations for 27th Annual Giant Yard Sale

Carrying on a long-standing tradition are the members and friends of North Congregational Church in North Middleboro. Late Spring arrives and you’ll find the hall at the historic church filling up slowly with treasures and more from the community. Come late June, and Fellowship Hall tends to be bursting at the seams with a wide array of donations: furniture, antiques, kitchen items, toys, decorations & home décor, seasonal items, jewelry, linens and bedding, tools, books, electronics, sporting equipment, and so much more.

The annual giant yard sale is heading into its 27 year – with the two-day event scheduled for Friday, June 23 and Saturday, June 24. The team organizing the huge fund raiser is currently looking for donations. If you are in the middle of your own spring cleaning, down-sizing your life and minimizing your possessions, have family members who are moving out-of-state, then this is the place to get rid of your baggage. Please call Gwen Lang at 508-680-6199 or Ellen Cooley at 774-766-0055.

North Congregational Church is a United Church of Christ congregation and is located at 38 Plymouth Street in North Middleboro. All money raised from the yard sale and other church fund raisers go directly to the mission and vision of the UCC church. For more information about NCC, please go to www.northcongregationalchurch.com or on Facebook at North Congregational Church UCC, Middleborough MA.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Local Author Edward Lodi to Speak About His New Book


Join us on Wed., May 17 at 6:30 p.m. to hear local author Edward Lodi speak about his new book, The Pequot War.

In 1637, the Puritans waged a genocidal war against the Pequots, the most powerful tribe in Southern New England. Their objective was to annihilate the Pequots and to destroy them as a people. What, if anything, had the Pequots done to incur the wrath of the Puritans? Why did the Narragansetts and Mohegans side with the Puritans? What role did the Dutch play in the war? Lodi will answer these and other questions, and will describe the major battles of the war, including the massacre at the Pequot fort in Mystic, CT.

He welcomes questions during and after his talk, and a book signing will follow the presentation. The talk is free and open to the public, thanks to the support of the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Spring Concert at Middleborough Public Library


Join us Sunday, May 7 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. for a free concert presented by the Middleborough Cultural Council and the Middleborough Public Library.

Middleborough pianist/composer Erik Lindgren and his lively quartet, featuring members of Goli and Library Director as special guest, will present an invigorating evening of crossover chamber music sans boundaries.

The group will also perform Lindgren's "100 Years Of Excellence" which was commissioned by the Middleborough Public Library in 2002 for their Centennial. A pleasant and uplifting time is guaranteed for all! A brief reception will follow the performance.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Sheep Day Celebration


Save the Date: Annual Sheep Day Celebration

Sheep Shearing, Sheep Dog Herding Demonstration, LIVE Music from Local Band Ramshackle, Children's Crafts, Face Painting, Food, Local Vendors and More!

Saturday, May 6
10AM - 3PM

Other upcoming events for Soule Homestead Education Center can be found on our calendar here. Learn More



Legally Blonde The Musical Jr.



The students at The Burt Wood School of Performing Arts are bringing "Legally Blonde The Musical Jr." to the Alley Theaters, 133 Center Street for seven shows from May 11 to 21.  Based on the award winning Broadway musical and the smash hit motion picture, "Legally Blonde The Musical Jr." is a fabulously fun journey of self empowerment and expanding horizons.  

The show opens May 11 and continues on May 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 and 21, all at 7 p.m.  There will be a 3 p.m. matinee show on May 21. For tickets, call 508-946-1071. Free parking is available in the Town Hall parking lot or behind Benny's.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Painting Workshop

Local artist Donna D'Amato will be offering a painted pinecone workshop at The Burt Wood School of Performing Arts next Saturday, May 6th at 9AM. 

Participants will create pinecone flowers that resemble live zinnias, daffodils, marigold, daisy, iris, jonquil and chrysanthemums for seasonal decor including wreats, baskets, vases and centerpieces. Students will be provided with sanitized pinecones, paint and grapevine wreaths. Participants should bring pruning shears or sturdy wire cutters to cut the pinecones.

Craft enthusiasts are invited to bring their own glue gun and paint brushes if desired. Fee for the workshop is $40 and coffee, water and light refreshments will be provided. The deadline for registration is Thursday and can be made by calling 508-946-1071.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Park Department Canoe Race is Saturday


This Saturday, April 29, the Middleborough Park Dept. and the Taunton River Watershed Alliance host the annual Park Dept. Nemasket River Canoe Race. Rain date is Saturday, May 6.

Come join the fur for an exciting canoe race, with free burgers and hot dogs with chips and drink at the end of the race for all registered participants. Trophies will be awarded to the top 3 in each category.


The race starts at 11 a. m. at the Old Bridge Street bridge in Lakeville with a finish line at the Oliver Mill Park in Middleborough.

Pre-registration is $20 per boat. Sign up at the Masi Field House located at 26 Jackson St. in Middleborough Day of Race Registration is $30 per boat. Sign up on race day from 8:30 to 10:30 a. m. at Old Bridge Street starting area in Lakeville

All registration funds are donations to assist the park dept’s ongoing programs. Please make checks payable: Middleborough Park Dept. Donations

Call the Park Dept. office at 508-946-2440 for Information

In accordance with state laws, race rules require that each person wear a personal flotation device for safety. No more than two people per canoe, with extra paddle required. No alcohol allowed.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Greg Maichack's Pastel Paint Workshop Returns!


If you weren't able to attend Greg Maichack's pastel painting workshop in March, we're offering a second class at 6:00 p.m. on Wed., April 12. His newest workshop is titled, "Pastel Paint the $44-Million Flower." This fun pastel painting workshop is designed for everyone from beginners to experienced artists.
This program currently is full, but please sign up for the waiting list. Last month, everyone on the waiting list was able to attend as we had numerous cancellations.

Participants will experiment with hundreds of the artist's professional grade pastels, pastel pencils, and pastel paper. All materials will be provided, and everyone who attends will get to take home his/her artwork.

Maichack is an experienced professional at teaching pastel techniques, as recognized by the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), and hundreds of libraries and local cultural councils.
Call 508/946-2470, or email Libby Fox at lfox@sailsinc.org to get onto the waiting list. There is no charge to attend.

Funding for this program has been provided by the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Deb Caletti Author Talk


Join us on Wed., April 26 at 6:30 p.m. to meet and speak (via Skype) with author Deb Caletti and hear about her new book for adults, What's Become of Her, and about her life as an author. She'll also answer questions from the audience.

The Skype call with Caletti will run from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Then everyone is invited to stay until 8:00 p.m.to join Ellie and Her Bookies for a discussion of Caletti's book, He's Gone.

Deb Caletti is an award-winning author of books for both young adults and adults, and a National Book Award finalist. She grew up in the San Francisco Bay area, and now lives with her family in Seattle.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Looney Legacy to host Boston Marathon Fundraiser April 1

The Looney Legacy Foundation will be hosting a fundraising event on Saturday, April 1 from 5:00-10:30pm at Ted Williams Camp in Lakeville, MA.

Middleboro residents Tommy and Krissy Leonard are on team LLF running the 2017 Boston Marathon with John Hancock. They will be raising money for the Looney Legacy Foundation in support of Melanoma research. The foundation was founded in memory of Peter Looney who passed away following a four-month battle with Melanoma. His family formed the foundation to keep Peter's wishes alive and to do everything possible to help find a cure and promote the prevention of Melanoma.

The evening will feature catering by Riccardi's. Dinner includes baked lasagna, Italian meatballs, crispy baked chicken, roasted potatoes, antipasto salad, pesto pasta salad, and dinner rolls. A cash bar will be available.

Lots of raffle prizes. To name a few: gift cards, Apple watch, scratch tickets, Easter baskets, shrubs and plants, and a Nicolock fire pit with metal grate.

Come enjoy live music featuring Mountain Weekend.

The cost of the event is $40 per person and includes dinner and entry into a mystery raffle. Tickets can be purchased at the Fireside Grille in Middleboro, MA or by emailing Tommy Leonard (tommyjl16@comcast.net).

The event will be held at the Loon Pond Lodge function hall at the Ted Williams Camp 28 Precinct Street, Lakeville.

Please come out and support the Looney Legacy Foundation and enjoy a fun night out with friends! Tickets are on sale now. For additional information contact Tommy Leonard at tommyjl16@comcast.net.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Soule Homestead Newsletter


Want to know what is on the horizon at Soule Homestead? They publish a newsletter four times a year with updates, coming events and more. If you would prefer to receive a print copy, please call them at 508.947.6744 and we will add you to the list.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Greg Maichack's Pastel Paint Workshops Return!


You asked for him, so we're bringing him back -- twice! Award-winning pastel artist Gregory John Maichack returns to the Middleborough Public Library at 6:00 p.m. on both Wed., March 29 and Wed., April 12 to present his new adult workshop titled, "Pastel Paint the $44-Million Flower." This fun pastel painting workshop is designed for everyone from beginners to experienced artists.

Participants will experiment with hundreds of the artist's professional grade pastels, pastel pencils, and pastel paper. All materials will be provided, and everyone who attends will get to take home his/her artwork.

Maichack is an experienced professional at teaching pastel techniques, as recognized by the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), and hundreds of libraries and local cultural councils.

Seating is limited, so registration is required. Call 508/946-2470, or email Libby Fox at lfox@sailsinc.org. There is no charge to attend.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Middleborough Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Funding also was provided by the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Chronicle Reporter and Author Ted Reinstein to Speak


New England is as dotted with colorful and fascinating feuds as it is with low stone walls and big, red barns. And many of them go back just as far. Did you know that the Breeds and the Bunkers are still fighting over a hill? Or that the revolution is still being fought--by Lexington and Concord? From the colonial era through early aviation, to Red Sox-Yankees and present-day food fights, Ted Reinstein will tell us who's really Wicked Pissed in New England and why. Stop by on Wed., March 15 at 6:30 p.m at the Middleborough Public Library. A book signing/selling will follow the presentation.


Ted Reinstein has been a reporter for "Chronicle," WCVB-TV/Boston's award-winning-and America's longest-running, locally-produced-nightly news magazine since 1997. In addition, he is a regular contributor for the station's political roundtable show and writes a weekly opinion column. He lives just west of Boston with his wife and two daughters. He is also the author of New England Notebook: One Reporter, Six States, Uncommon Stories.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Fundraising Breakfast Set for Feb. 25 at the Middleborough VFW


The first of a number of fundraisers for the 3rd annual Mayor of Middleborough Contest, sponsored by the Friends of Middleborough Cemeteries, will be a breakfast at 9:00am on Saturday, February 25 at the VFW hall on Station Street in Middleborough. The money raised from the suggested donation of $8.00 for adults and $6.00 for children under the age of 12 will be divided equally between each of the three candidates. There will also be a door prize, raffle prizes, and a 50/50 drawing during the event. Additionally, you'll be able to meet all three of the mayoral candidates at the event and they'll have their individual donation containers available where additional dollar votes can be cast specifically for them. Please RSVP with the number in your party that will be attending the breakfast by Wednesday, Feb. 22by either calling 508-958-3557 or by sending an email to President@friendsofmiddleboroughcemeteries.org.

The way the mayoral contest works is that the candidate that raises the most money during the campaigning period from February 1st – March 31st wins. Those that vote can donate as many dollar votes as they're willing and able to do. They can even pledge matching funds that are contingent on their candidate raising a certain amount of money before your donation takes place. So as they used to say in Chicago, votes early and vote often.

Each candidate has a deputy mayor running along with them. They had to be a notable individual in the history of Middleborough that has passed on. Over the next few weeks the bios of the candidates and their deputy mayoral candidates will be published in the local papers and generally be available both on the FoMC website and around town.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Friday, February 10, 2017

Sacred Sounds and Song Workshop

SACRED SOUNDS AND SONG WORKSHOP
with Rev. Myra Robinson

Sunday, February 12, at 1:00 p.m.
in the First Unitarian Universality Parish Hall

The workshop fee is $10 per person. 

Scholarships are available if needed.
Submit your request to Susan Hotchkiss.

A light lunch will be served at 12:00 noon for participants.
(A free will offering will be collected)

Please contact Andrea Priest (andreapriesto@gmail.com)
if you are interested in attending.


Music touches the heart and can be a positive force for good in the world as well as a therapeutic tool, but many people are unsure how to use their voice in this way. In this workshop we will gain insight into the role of sound in healing, connection and learning. Using vocalization, meditation, and easy chants, participants will learn techniques to invite their creative muse to manifest through sound and song.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

February School Vacation Week Programs at the Library


  • Sat., Feb. 18, 11:00 a.m.: Local author Carla Marrero will read from her book C.J.'s Hideaway followed by an art activity. No registration required. 
  • Tue., Feb. 21, 3:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.: Lego-mania building blow-out for all ages with Legos and Duplos in the Library's Large Meeting Room. No registration required. 
  • Wed., Feb. 22, 10:30 a.m.: Margaret Moody brings her puppet show Monkey King to the library. Best for ages 4 and up. No registration required. 
  • Wed., Feb. 22, 1:00 p.m.: Codebreakers Spy School: Coding without Computers is for kids 8-12 years of age. Create secret messages, solve puzzles, complete a lazer maze challenge and more! Space is limited. Please register by calling the library at 508/946-2470 or stopping by in person. 
  • Thurs., Feb. 23, 1:00 p.m.: Bring an unopened, new candy item (maybe some leftover Valentine's treats) or a gently used book to exchange for a BINGO card. We'll play until everyone has won their choice of candy or books. No registration required.
  • Thurs. Feb. 23, 2:00 p.m.: Come for BINGO and stay for an afternoon movie on the Library's big screen. Showing Finding Dory-rated PG- a favorite! No registration required. 

New in the Children's Room:

Check out new winter items that will be sure to keep you and your family busy. Your child can learn to play the ukulele, try out snowshoes, build a snowman with a building kit, and have fun in the snow with a snowball and brickmaker set.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

People to People Service Auction


People to People Service Auction 
at
First Unitarian Universalist Society of Middleboroug
Sunday, February 26, at 12:00 noon

Start planning your offering. Think of things you can offer at the auction. Invite a friend to attend with you. Ask yourself: Need something done? Would you like to hire a church member to help you get it done?

Service Auction Donation Forms are due by Friday, February 10. You may pick up a form on the Parlor table or use the one found in your Order of Service or in last week’s UU Updates or in the February Newsletter. Return the completed form to the collection plate on Sunday morning or to Norm Grenier.

Join us after church on the 26th of February. We will be serving light lunch after church with the auction to follow.

Tell us you’re coming, and you may win a prize! Help us get a count for the Service Auction by letting us know you’ll be there to support our church’s largest fundraiser. You will then automatically be entered for exciting door prizes. Just email the church office (office@uumiddleboro.org) or Norm (n.grenier@comcast.net).

Friday, January 27, 2017

Conservation Commission Member Vacancy

The Middleborough Conservation Commission is currently seeking to fill an open seat on the Commission immediately. 

All those interested in applying can call the Conservation Office at 508-946-2406 or email at pcssdy@middleborough.com.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Coffee & Conversation

COFFEE & CONVERSATION
Please join us tomorrow morning

Friday, January 20, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m
in the Parish Hall at First Unitarian Universalist Society of Middleborough

to share your thoughts and feelings about the inauguration.



Coffee and cake provided.

Chili Fest Slated for Saturday



Everyone is invited to join the third annual Chili Fest at the Central Congregational Church on Saturday at 4:30 p.m.  Bring your best chili for judging or ridicule by your peers.  Desserts are welcome, but will not be judged.  Central Congregational Church is located at 2 Webster Street.  The church is handicapped accessible and has an elevator.

For more information, call Bob Chandler at 58-947-1256 or the Rev. Doug Forbes at 508-923-9724.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

'The Gin Game' to Open in Middleboro

Theatre One will present "The Gin Game" at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13, 14, 20 and 21 and at 2 p.m. Jan. 15 and 22 at the Alley Theatre, 133 Centre St., Middleboro.

The comedy focuses on the relationship that develops between nursing home residents Fonsia Dorsey and Weller Martin during a series of gin games. What begins as a tentative friendship quickly turns into a battle of wills, but their need for companionship keeps the game going.
Theatre One ensemble members Kathy Bourne, of Middleboro, and Omer Courcy, of Taunton, play the roles of Fonsia Dorsey and Weller Martin.

Bourne has been part of Theatre One since 2004 and has performed in TOP's Second Act Reader's Theatre, Slice of Life New Works Program, staged radio performances of "The Thin Man" and "The Shadow Knows," Paul Zindel's "Miss Reardon Drinks a Little" and "Ladies of the Alamo," Neil Simon's "Prisoner of Second Avenue" and Steven Dietz's "Paragon Springs."
Courcy has been a company member since the 1980s, and joined Theatre One in 2004. He has performed in TOP's Second Act Readers Theatre, Slice of Life New Works Program, Neil Simon's "Prisoner of Second Avenue," David Mamet's "Speed the Plow," and Steven Dietz's "Yankee Tavern."

Tickets are $20 general, $18 for seniors and students. Food donations for the Middleboro Council on Aging Senior Pantry will be accepted at the door. 

For information: 774-213-5193.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Children's Programs in January at the Library



We're back to our regular schedule of programs in January.  Please check the library's calendar online at www.midlib.org or call us at (508) 946-2470 for more details. No registration is required for these free programs.

Here are some special events:
  • Thurs., Jan. 19, 10:00 am: Books Before Kindergarten Book Swap!  All are welcome to bring gently used books to trade from 10:00 am - 12 pm in the Large Meeting Room.
  • Tues., Jan. 24, 6:00 pm:  Storks (rated PG) showing on the Library's big screen.  Bring snacks or a picnic dinner.
  • Tues., Jan. 31, 6:30 pm:  It's a pajama party and stuffed animal sleepover at the library!  Enjoy stories and activities.  Leave your stuffed animal behind for an evening in the Library.  Check our Facebook page to see photos from the sleepover.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Happy New Year at the Middleborough Public Library



Hello Middleborough,
As we bid fond farewell to 2016 and ring in a New Year, we can always count on the one true constant in our lives, change.  A small word, but a truly immense concept, and something that libraries worldwide embrace as an unspoken mission statement.  After all, it's the reason why libraries have been around for so long (including the Middleborough Public Library!) and the reason why we'll be around for a long time to come.  We change, we evolve, and as time rolls on we work hard sussing out trends from fads, separating honest truths from flashy gimmicks.
As your friendly Information Professionals, we pride ourselves at providing excellent programs to entertain, education, and enlighten; provide meeting spaces for the community at large, and curate collections of classic and popular books, magazines, music and films for all ages.  We even take requests!
So as we move forward into 2017, know that the library is always moving forward as well, keeping up on the latest and listening to the world so we can bring the best to our community.  So whether you want some information, attend a program, check out some research materials or a guilty pleasure, or even just to say hello, we're here for you.
Happy New Year, and I'll see you at the Library!
~ Jason

Plymouth Center for the Arts Annual Appeal


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Jewelry Pop Up Sale & Girl Scout Cookies on Sale


Pop up jewelry sale and Girl Scouts cookies on sale Saturday, January 7th from 10 AM to 2 PM at From Trash to Treasure.