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Beautifying Downtown with a Living Garden Wall

Ashland has held two Downtown Summit meetings over the past several months with an eye toward beautifying its downtown district and attracting more business to the area. One of the short-term projects to come out of the meetings is a living garden wall, also known as a vertical garden.
The wall will go along the chain-link fence behind the Ashland Farmers Market area and display native plants, flowering vines, deciduous shrubbery and some evergreens.

Deep Bonds of Friendship Span Pan-Mass Challenge & Team Elka STRONG

Among those training for this year’s Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) on August 6 and 7 are five individuals riding as “Team Elka STRONG” in a show of friendship and support in honor of Ashland resident Elka Stokar Troutman. Their goal is to raise $25,000 to help eradicate cancer.
Last year’s PMC drew 6,000 cyclists from 41 states and eight countries and raised a record $45 million in support of life-saving cancer research and treatment through the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Gearing Up at Town Hall

Since his official appointment as town manager on Jan. 20, Michael Herbert has focused his attention in three areas: building a strong team, monitoring the impact of a possible operational override and overseeing budget preparations for FY17, in anticipation of the town meeting on May 4.

Selectmen Approve Override for Ballot; Some Residents Disagree

Ashland’s Board of Selectmen (BOS) at their Feb. 3 meeting voted, 5-0, on the final format and wording for Prop 2 ½ override ballot questions. The questions, which have been approved by the state Department of Revenue, will be presented to residents at the May 4 town meeting and the May 17 town election. The questions are:
Shall the Town of Ashland be allowed to assess an additional $1,943,400 in real estate and personal property taxes for the purposes of funding the school and general government operating budgets for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2016? 

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.