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Leone Sees Bright Future

Samantha Leone can identify with older Red Sox fans and their lament of “wait ’til next year’’ — a phrase that referred to the team’s futility in winning the American League pennant.
Ashland High’s versatile 5-foot-9 point guard, who just wrapped up her junior year of basketball averaging 15 points and five assists, won’t be involved in tournament play. The last time she competed in the playoffs was as a freshman, both in basketball and field hockey, and the Clockers came very close to winning the Division 3 South Sectional in both sports.

The Snow is the Story

As with most stories, there are two sides. Some would see the new snowfall as (cold) beauty, while others see a nuisance to be endured. School children see a unique opportunity for play, or a day off from school. The pragmatist sees the cycle of water that includes evaporation in one season, and condensation in another. At some point, many people understand it as a fact of life, sometimes mild, at other times dangerous.

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.