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Adolescent Health Trends Show Growing Need for Education About Cyberbullying and Mental Health

Contributing Writer

The newly-released findings of the MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey (MWAHS) provide fresh data that is already driving improvements in the wellness programs at the Ashland Middle School (AMS) and Ashland High School (AHS). In a community meeting held last month, AMS Principal David DiGirolamo and AHS Principal Kelley St. Coeur presented highlights of the survey students took in November 2014. 

Riordan is the Total Package for Ashland Matmen

Staff Sports Writer

Nick Riordan was a co-captain last year as a sophomore for the Ashland-Keefe Tech wrestling team and he is fulfilling that role again this season.
One reason why the Ashland junior is in a position of leadership is his refreshing, mature outlook on athletics and academics. He is all about old-fashioned values—like working hard to achieve goals, overcoming adversity, being accountable and contributing to help his team.

Garden Club Offers Holiday Wreath-Making Workshop, Dec. 5

The Ashland Garden Club (AGC) is hosting a wreath-making workshop with Paul Split, Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Federated Church, 118 Main St. (Note change of location from the library.) Doors open at 10 a.m.; the program runs from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Split will show participants how to make a 22-inch wreath with fresh seasonal greens and an assortment of decorations.

Happy Holidays, Doris Overturf!

A woman who has left a lasting imprint on Ashland through her vision and hard work.

Contributing Writer
Many may recall with fondness long-time Ashland resident Doris (Follansbee) Overturf who gave her energy to the Friends of the Ashland Library, Ashland Business Association, Ashland Emergency Fund and more. For those who have not met her, this article will introduce you to a woman who has embodied the Ashland spirit through a lifetime of hard work, community engagement and compassion.
Deep Family Ties

Ashland’s Boys Soccer Team: Striving to Improve

During pre-season practice, coach Mike Grimes was optimistic that his boys soccer team at Ashland High would improve on last year’s 4-14 record and hopefully qualify for tourney play.
Although six games remained on the Clockers’ schedule at the Ashland Local Town Pages deadline, it appears he was right on his team’s improved play, but a tourney berth remained a long shot. Ashland’s record was 3-7-2, a mark that involved several close matches. Ashland’s season will likely end by surpassing last year’s four-win campaign but also likely fall short of a tourney berth.

Ashland Community Theater’s Original Comedy

“Therapy Sessions” Debuts Nov. 19-21

Ashland Community Theater’s (ACT) newest stage production will feature short vignettes making up one story. “It’s about four therapists and their interesting, comedic patients,” Joe White, ACT’s founder and producer, said.
“The original comedy Therapy Sessions looks at the quirky side of people and their interesting dynamics. The show uses 23 different actors, the largest we’ve had to date,” White noted. “I like to create original material so actors can be more free to be creative. There is more pressure on the actors if the play is well-known.”

Art and Activism in Ashland

An artistic and interactive perspective of the Nyanza Superfund site, now at the Ashland Library

When you are an artist there is something profound about growing up in a town that was home to the first colorant manufacturing plant in the country. This is Dan Borelli’s experience. At a young age, the study of color surrounded him. From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) documenting the route of dye pollutants from the Nyanza Color and Chemical plant through his Ashland neighborhood in 1982, to dye toxins turning the snow Borelli played in blue and ponds he wadded in pink Borelli, and his town, were immersed in color.