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Linehan: A Positive Force On All Athletic Fronts

Steve Linehan’s athletic philosophy has made him a valuable asset, both in Ashland and Bellingham. The 47-year-old Linehan, who’s lived in Bellingham for the last 15 years, has labored relentlessly in the town’s youth leagues where he’s coached and served on boards in softball, basketball and lacrosse. At Ashland, he worked a year as a volunteer coach in boys’ basketball before taking the reins of the high school’s junior varsity team three years ago.

Fundraising for Student Musicians

Ashland Music Association

The Ashland Music Association was founded about seven years ago to augment the financial resources of the town in support of music education and related activities. It is analogous to the Clocker Club in the world of athletics. For the past two years, Mr. Bill Carson has been its President, and he recently spoke of the need for the town to support this very worthy effort. The costs associated with musical instruments alone is startling to the uninitiated. AHS music teacher Darren Maule spoke of the cost of a tuba as about $8,000!

Girls Soccer Team Improving Ashland’s Finnegan: A Building Block For The Future

Emily Finnegan is only a sophomore, but it’s players like her that’ll be needed to help the Ashland girls soccer team gain respect and become a viable force in the Tri-Valley League.
Finnegan, at 5-feet and 102-pounds, is small, but don’t underestimate her diminutive  frame. She’s been labeled by coach Traci Sipniewski as “opportunistic and relentless.’’  

Do Your Thanksgiving and Holiday Shopping on Nov. 22

The Ashland Farmers Market will hold a special Thanksgiving market at the Ashland Middle School Gym on Nov. 22, 9 am to 1 pm.

Ashland Farmers Market (AFM) is back this year for its second-ever Thanksgiving market. The special market will be held at the Ashland Middle School Gym, 87 W Union St. (Rt. 135), Saturday, Nov. 22, 9 am to 1 pm. Purchase your Thanksgiving fixings and get your holiday shopping done all in one trip!
AFM has expanded the special market from 22 vendors in 2013 to 40 this year, including 16 artisans.

AHS Grad Spotlight What in the World Ever Happened to…

Madeleine Bartzak graduated from Ashland High School (AHS) in 2009 with a 3.2 grade point average, and since then has received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing with a minor in Public Health and Biology from Simmons College in Boston. At AHS, she lettered in varsity tennis for four years, and then played two years for Simmons. Her tennis game helped with the adjustment to the rigors of college, as she added many friends to her social circle. As a student, she worked at the popular C & L Frosty in Sherborn for six years.

In November, Ashland to Decide on MWRA Connection

Town officials and some residents differ on Ashland’s future.

One of the articles on Ashland’s Nov. 18 town meeting warrant will ask residents if the town should have a permanent supplemental connection to the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA).
Five wells, fed by an aquifer that also feeds the Hopkinton reservoir, currently serve Ashland and portions of Hopkinton. The Howe Street Water Treatment Facility treats and distributes the water. The town is seeking to connect to the MWRA as a permanent supplemental source.

The Sibson House: Saving Ashland’s History

On September 13, over a dozen local residents, led by Maureen Assencoa, chair of the Ashland Historical Commission, toured the house at 226 Olive Street. The house is on a 1.3-acre lot and is formerly known as the Sibson house and Glean Maura Farm. The purpose of the tour was for interested residents to view the historic property and possibly come up with a way to save it.

A life-long Ashland resident and world traveler, Mrs. Sibson passed away on January 13 at the age of 95.