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The Independent Clause…Feb. 17, 2016

To date, nine of the 16 Minuteman School District member towns have held Special Town Meetings related to the approval of the Regional Agreement amendments. It appears all nine have passed the agreements, although Needham’s vote was not confirmed at press time. The towns of Sudbury, Carlisle and Wayland voted to leave the district. The seven remaining towns are scheduled to vote the week of Feb. 22.

With record-breaking low temperatures, at least people had a good reason to cuddle extra close on Valentine’s Day. According to, Sunday’s low temperature was -12 degrees. That does not account for the wind chill factor, said to be in the -30s. The previous record low for Feb. 14 was -6 degrees, set in 1967. The coldest recorded temperature they showed for Stow was -16 degrees in January of 1961.

But, despite the ridiculously cold temps, there were no reports of major problems in town. I have heard personal stories of a few cases of broken pipes, but the fire department did not report any major incidents related to the cold weather.
I want to thank Stow resident Mary Conlon for sending in the story of her father Edward “Jake” Mason’s experiences in taking part in a rescue at sea. Mr. Mason is a lifelong resident of Stow. The story of that rescue and a simultaneous rescue, back in Feb. 1952, were told in the book, “The Finest Hours,” which has just been released as a movie. It is great to be able to honor one of Stow’s heroes.

Congratulations to the Hale girls basketball team on their undefeated season. And best of luck to the Nashoba athletes as the winter sports head into postseason.

Cyndy Bremer, publisher/editor/production
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