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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.”

A Tribute to Ashland High School Grads

Principal Kelley St. Coeur described the Class of 2015 in an interview: “The Class of 2015 showed how special they were on convocation day when we filmed the all-school lip-dub. They went out of their way in planning to be inclusive of all members of the school community. Many of the events they planned this year had a community service spin. They collected a huge amount of food for both the PowderPuff game and during the Thanksgiving Food Drive, all of which was donated to the Ashland Food Pantry.

It’s Official: Ashland Hall of Fame to Induct ‘Grump’ Walker

It’s taken almost three years, but Ashland High School now has an athletic hall of fame.
And, three weeks ago on May 11, the Old-timers Committee selected legendary coach Harold “Grump’’ Walker as its only inductee. The three-sport coach, who died in 1993 at 92, will likely be inducted during a halftime ceremony at one of the Clockers football games this fall when a plaque will be presented.

Ashland Farmers Market Readies for Opening Day, June 13

More than just a market, AFM is a destination for all ages, Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the grass across from the library.

The Ashland Farmers Market (AFM) Opening Day is set for Saturday, June 13, with the Friends of the Ashland Library at the Community Table; hula hoops by A Simple Twist and face painting by Metrowest Face Painting. Railroad House Band is at the new Arts!Ashland Alliance Music Stage.

Girls Varsity Softball

Experience: A-Plus For Ashland Squad

Jackie Long is a firm believer that Ashland High’s softball team will not only improve on last year’s 4-16 record, but also be in the mix to qualify for a tournament berth. The 26-year-old Long, who was Ashland’s junior-varsity coach for two seasons, enters her second year at the Clockers’ helm feeling optimistic about her team’s strengths, and eager to help her players sharpen their skills.

Ashland Girls Tennis

Having played a considerable amount of tennis throughout her life, Kellianne Erath had a vacancy and figured it was a good time to try coaching the sport she gave so much to. Although having never played tennis on the high school level (her NY high school didn’t have the sport), Ashland Athletic Director Ryan Quigley decided to give Erath the opportunity to further herself.