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Month: July 2013

Stow Official Featured in “The Bird”

By Ellen Oliver    Mark “The Bird” Fidrych is a local baseball legend, rising from the diamond at Algonquin High School in Northborough to become a major league pitcher for the Detroit Tigers. While at Algonquin, Fidrych was coached by Jack Wallace, who now serves as the Town of Stow’s Health Agent. Wallace was one…

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The Nature Connection Brings Healing

By Ann Needle
Her job began almost a decade ago, after wandering into a Concord bookstore for a reading. Today, Stow’s Sophie Wadsworth helps power a non-profit organization that uses nature to literally, in many cases, change lives.

The Concord-based Nature Connection’s mission is to bring nature to those who don’t have access to its power, such as troubled children and seniors in nursing facilities. Executive Director Wadsworth explained that staff and volunteers bring animals, plants, and other pieces of the natural world to residential programs, special-needs schools and elder care facilities in the Boston/MetroWest area, bringing nature’s healing power into their lives. Programs usually run up to twice a month for a year, at a modest cost of under $300, she added.

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Assabet River Fish Succumb to Heat… July 31, 2013

By Nancy Arsenault
The recent near record high temperatures and the prolonged hot weather have combined to induce a “fish kill” in the shallow Assabet River. According to the environmental organization OARS, there are hundreds, if not thousands of fish who succumbed under these extreme environmental conditions that occurred earlier this month.

These dead fish are now floating atop the water, many in large massed groups at various levels of decay. They are caught in grasses and weeds or grouped along the shorelines. Others are floating singly atop the water, attracting flies as they decompose in the sun, with an ensuing odor that is becoming more pungent each day.

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Vacation Bible School at St. Isidore; RSVP Due July 31 St. Isidore Parish is pleased to offer our Vacation Bible School again this summer!  Our “Kingdom Rocks” adventure begins on Monday, August 12 and ends on Thursday, August 15.  Each day runs from 9:30 – 12:30.  The cost is $30 per child, with a maximum of $90 per…

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Public Safety Log

Excerpts from the Public Safety Logs. Please note, arrests are made based on probable cause but do not determine  guilt or innocence until proven in court.  Monday July 22, 2013 6:55am SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY A caller from Mitchell Road reported that a black car was parked in the area.  The occupant was walking back and forth from…

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The Independent Clause

Reading through this week’s paper, you may find yourself thinking you’re reading Nature Weekly News. We’ve got fish, coyotes, a nature program, and heck, there’s even a baseball story about “The Bird”! While not totally intentional – it just happened to be the grouping of stories that came together – I think there’s a lot…

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Vacation and Community Photos

  Nicolas and Carter Valentino took their Stow Independent on the Norwegian Dawn to Bermuda. Nicolas loved getting soft serve ice cream after all of his meals and Carter enjoyed playing chess with the pieces that were almost as big as he is.    

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In This Week’s Print Edition… July 31,2013

Where to Buy a Copy Subscribe for Home Delivery Future of Library Building Debated If Randall Library were to relocate to Pompo School, alongside a Community Center under the same roof, what would happen to the Randall building? That was the topic of conversation last Thursday evening as the Historical Commission, Historical Society, Cultural Council,…

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Rising Lax Stars

By Ellen Oliver

Two up and coming lacrosse players spent this summer getting extra practice with the Rising Stars Lacrosse team out of Worcester. Ben Hurley and Casey Elkins, both of whom will be juniors at Nashoba next year, joined the summer team to increase their skills and test them against a higher level of play.

The two participated in a team comprised of local lacrosse players, many of whom the boys will meet as opponents during the regular lacrosse season, but that wasn’t a problem. “We talked, we got along, we all supported each other,” said Hurley. Since many of the players hadn’t played together on a team, the players invested their time off from school with 14 lacrosse practices, before hitting the tournament circuit.

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Pizza: What’s Hot for Summer

By Ann Needle

The cliché “it’s too hot to cook” was quite likely heard last week in a lot of kitchens. With August yet to go, residents may be looking for new ideas for shutting off the oven and giving yourselves one less thing to sweat over.

In the coming weeks, the Independent will spotlight take-out spots for pizza that are a bit unexpected. Pizza is often the choice – easily served with minimum clean-up — when it gets too hot even to grill. For the lucky among you, it’s possible to easily balance a slice AND stay on your rubber float in the pool.

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