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Christine Scherer Produces Warren Documentary

By John Kelley

A 2009 graduate of Ashland High School has produced and directed the first in a series of films about Ashland called the Ashland Archives. Christine Scherer presented a 35 minute film about Henry E. Warren on January 18th at the Ashland Historical Society with about 50 people in attendance. Christine acknowledged the support of many friends and family, as well as the Historical Society for source material, and local cable station WACA-TV which provided equipment and facilities.

Ashland Business Association Happenings

By Cynthia Whitty

The featured speaker for the next Ashland Business Association (ABA) meeting will be Alex Carleton, from SHIFT Coaching of Ashland. The ABA meeting will be held at the Ashland Library, Community Room, 66 Front Street. Early networking, 6:30 to 7 pm; meeting with presentations, 7 to 8:30 pm. ABA members and guests are invited to attend. Carlton will present “How to Give (and Receive) Constructive Criticism.” Participants will learn the qualities of good constructive criticism and how to communicate it in a way that motivates change and leads to improvement.

Ashland Track

By Christopher Tremblay

Ashtland indoor track coach Lou Mancini considers junior runner Nick Davis to be one of the better Clocker cross country athletes as well as his best mile and 2-mile runner on the track squad. The junior runner believes he can compete with the top athletes in the Tri-Valley League, but credits his older brother Justin and Ryan Milewski, Ashland’s then senior captain his freshman season.

Not Your Father’s Trade School Anymore

By John Kelley

In 1973, Ashland joined a consortium of other South Middlesex towns (Framingham, Natick, Holliston and Hopkinton) as source communities for the newly-built Joseph P. Keefe Technical School. Over the years, hundreds of students have selected to attend Keefe Tech, as the school evolved to meet the growing needs of the economy for technically-skilled professionals in the Nation’s workforce. That era has become history, and Keefe Technical School now boasts a facility, staff and curricula that make a strong case for students and parents to consider the potential benefits of attending.

Cooperative Gymnastics Team

Last year under first year coach Jenn Libin, the MADS (Medfield, Ashland, Dover-Sherborn) coop gymnastics team missed advancing into the state tournament by a single point. Coach Libin is hoping that her young team (9 freshmen out of 18 gymnasts) from a year ago will take their skills to the next level and have a shot to show what they have in the tournament.
“Not being in a league we have to make our own schedule and we’ll go up against a few of the same teams year after year,” Libin said. “Our goal is to get the team into the tournament, and as many individuals that we can.”

AEFI iNnovate for iPads Campaign presents plaque to Ashland High School

On December 12, 2014 the Ashland Education Foundation donated a plaque to the Ashland High School honoring all those who helped us with our iNnovate with iPads campaign. The 2013-14 campaign provided funding for the purchase of 100 iPads for Ashland High School. When we initiated the campaign in 2013, the Ashland Public Schools had a gap in the implementation of technology. Thanks to many generous supporters, the AEFI was able to fund an important piece of technology at the High School.

Construction Boom in Ashland

There are at least three large construction projects underway in Ashland. On the western side of town, along route 135, there are two projects. The first is an apartment complex on the north side of the roadway, and will feature 80 units. There is a steel-frame nursing home being built not far away on the south side of route 135 at the former site of the Marathon Deli. There is a $15-million senior assisted-living project located on the west side of route 126 near the Ashland-Holliston town line. The face of Ashland is undergoing significant change with such development.

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!