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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.

Progress Continues on Pond Street Project

A project that will impact the town and the region for years to come.

The town of Ashland began a technical design and engineering project about three years ago to improve Ashland’s south side, defined by the Pond Street (Route 126) corridor running from Framingham into Holliston. After years of discussion and attempts to get sidewalk and corridor safety measures, work has begun.

Multicultural Celebration Comes to Ashland, Aug. 15

Two performances stages, floating fire and great food in downtown Ashland.

The second annual Dragonfly Festival will be held at 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 15 at Mill Pond Park, Main Street, and at the Ashland Historical Society’s Ocean House, 2 Myrtle St. The Festival is a free, family-friendly, outdoor, multicultural community celebration of the arts.
The event is sponsored and organized by the newly formed nonprofit organization, Arts! Ashland Alliance.

Special Olympics the Big Winner at Ashland Wrestling Event

The area’s wrestling fraternity rolled up its sleeves and made May 30 a rousing success, hosting the third annual Backyard Brawls, a jamboree that featured nine wrestling clubs that raised $3,000 for the Milford Special Olympics program.
The Doughboy Wrestling Club from the Merrimack Valley area won the event, which was held at Ashland High’s football field. An estimated crowd of 300 saw the Doughboy team defeat Metrowest United, 48-15 in the final. The Metrowest roster included competitors from Framingham, Lincoln, Sudbury, Natick and Holliston.

Needham Bank Believes Shopping and Banking Should Be Local

Downtown Ashland is getting a major new business. At the time of this writing, Needham Bank, on Front Street across from the library, hopes to have a “soft” opening in mid June and a Grand Opening on June 28 with many family-friendly activities.
“We want to be an active member of the downtown community and a good neighbor. We’re really excited,” Eric Morse, Senior Vice President, said. “The building renovation has gone well. The landlord is a wonderful local family. Everyone will be quite pleased; we hope it will be a landmark in town.”