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MFi camp fund launched

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The Medfield Foundation launched a fund this summer to provide camp for needy kids in town, and passes to the swim pond.  Importantly, the camp allows their parents to work.  Please help send all the needy Medfield kids to camp!

Help send a child in need to camp this summer

Did you know there are many lower income families living in Medfield who can’t afford many of the basic necessities in life and who depend on local resources such as the Medfield Food Cupboard, Massachusetts Energy Assistance and even the funds raised through the Medfield Foundation Angel Run? This is an especially difficult time of year for some of these families as they try to figure out childcare for the summer? These families want to send their kids to camp but simply can’t.

That’s where you come in. The Medfield Foundation has been helping raise funds to help Medfield since 2001 with projects such as the original high school turf field, the Dale Street playground, the Angel Run, the Kingsbury Grist Mill and the Straw Hat Park. MFi is now launching a special fundraising effort to help send kids to camp and purchase family passes to Hinkley Pond for local families in need.

A small donation now can make a big difference in the lives of these kids. Our goal is 200 families donating $50 each. Your generosity and support are much appreciated.

Donate Now!

Thank you,

The Medfield Foundation

 

Richard’s 150 trolley rides

Richard DeSorgher Concludes 25 Years of Medfield History Day Tours Saturday

On Saturday, Mashpee resident, Richard DeSorgher, concluded his 150th trolley tour lecture about Medfield history, delivered six a day, once a year in June, over twenty-five years, mainly from the front of a swaying trolley.

This past Saturday, the Medfield History Day sponsor, MEMO, hired a school bus to satisfy the large demand for seats on the final day of tours. Richard delivered a jam packed, non-stop lecture that covered parts of all 400 years of Medfield’s existence, from the Peak House dating to 1713, to the Hennery once having more chickens than anywhere else in Massachusetts, to George Innes sketching by the river and painting in the barn he rented on Main Street for five years the paintings that now hang in the country’s the foremost museums (MFA, MMA), all illustrated by over 40 photos in the Hometown Weekly supplement.

The Town of Medfield celebrated the end of an era with this proclamation that Mike Sullivan authored to celebrate the last of Richard’s historic trolley tours, and MEMO presented Richard with one of the miniature Medfield Town Clocks made by Electric Time Company, Inc. of Medfield :

TOWN OF MEDFIELD

PROCLAMATION

Whereas, Twenty-five years ago the Medfield Employers and Merchants Organization (MEMO) initiated an annual Medfield History Day to showcase the unique history, architecture and landscapes of the Town, and

Whereas,  Countless residents and visitors to the Town have boarded the trolley to travel  the Town’s highways and byways,  soaking up the culture and beauty that is the one and only Medfield, and

Whereas, a wide variety of themes have been developed to give new insights and perspectives, keeping the History Day tours fresh and interesting; topics ranging from First Period Homes, Houses that had been moved, Medfield State Hospital Medfield’s Greatest Events, Most Historic and Most Tragic, Homes of Painters and Musicians, Norfolk Hunt, and Landscapes, and

Whereas, Medfield History Day could not have succeeded without the creativity, knowledge and enthusiasm of the Tours’ host and narrator, Richard P. DeSorgher, whose perspective, good-natured showmanship and ability to engage Tour guests always made for an informative, yet fun-filled event, and

Whereas, Richard P. Desorgher and his wife Julia are relocating to Cape Cod to begin a new and exciting phase of their lives,

Therefore, We, the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Medfield, on  the 25th Anniversary of Medfield History Day, and on behalf of MEMO and  the Citizens of Medfield, do extend our deepest appreciation to Richard P. DeSorgher for his hard work making Medfield History Day a memorable event on the Town’s Calendar and wish him the best of everything as he takes leave of his beloved Medfield and begins the rest of his life’s journey. We’ll miss you Richard.

Issued on the 10th Day of June, in the Year of Our Lord, 2017 at Medfield in the County of Norfolk, Massachusetts.

Osler L. Peterson, Chairman

Michael T. Marcucci, Clerk

Gustave Murby, Third Member

Board of Selectmen

 

ANGP decorations pictures

See just how well done the decorations were at the All Night Graduation Party (ANGP) from these photos

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Kingsbury Pond Grist Mill Memorial Bench Dedication 6/3

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Grist Mill Memorial Bench Dedication

On Saturday June 3rd, the Kingsbury Pond Grist Mill Committee will host a ceremony to dedicate a memorial bench to Medfield citizens who were lost while serving our country in armed conflicts and remain “missing in action”. The granite bench is located at the grist mill site on Spring Street (Route 27) in Medfield. Design and installation of the bench, and preparation of the site, were done by Tyler Hatch of Boy Scout Troop 89 as part of his Eagle Scout project. The bench site, which overlooks Kingsbury Pond, commemorates two Medfield residents who served during World War II.

Richard Werner lived at 67 Harding Street and graduated from Medfield High School in 1941.  He joined the Army Air Force in 1943 and advanced to the rank of staff sergeant, manning a turret gun aboard a B24 Liberator. On May 22nd 1944 while on a bombing mission in southern Italy, his plane developed engine trouble and departed its squadron’s formation, presumably to attempt an emergency landing. Neither the plane nor its crew were ever seen again. Richard Werner was awarded the Purple Heart posthumously. The square at the intersection of Harding and West Mill streets was dedicated to him in 1994.

Douglas MacKeachie moved to Medfield from New Jersey during the 1930’s and resided at 72 Elm Street. He was Vice President in charge of purchasing for The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company, better known as A&P. In 1940 he went to Washington to serve as Deputy Director for Procurement and Distribution at the War Department. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, he was made a colonel in the Army and put in charge of the General Purchasing Board to handle war supplies. This position was based in Great Britain. Military flights from the U.S. to Europe routinely used the route with the shortest distance over water, between Brazil and West Africa. Colonel MacKeachie boarded such a flight on a B-87 Liberator, January 17th, 1943 along with 12 fellow U.S. military personnel and 13 members of the Royal Air Force. The plane was reported missing three days later on January 20th having gone down 800 miles off the coast of Brazil. On February 4th a life raft was found by the USS Kearney with the remains of a body later identified as the pilot. The next day a second raft washed up on a beach in Brazil, also with the remains of a single body along with six life preservers. Several items belonging to Colonel MacKeachie were found on that raft though the remains were not his. It was presumed that all aboard the flight succumbed to hunger and thirst. Colonel MacKeachie left a widow and daughter back in Medfield. He was 42 years old when he was lost. The bridge on Elm Street near his former home will be dedicated to him in the near future. Both the Werner and MacKeachie families have been invited to attend the dedication.

The ceremony will begin with a procession from the parking lot of St. Edward the Confessor church to the Kingsbury Pond Mill. Transportation will be available for those not able to make the walk (which is about 100 yards.) The public is invited to attend. The procession will begin promptly at 3:00pm on Saturday, June 3rd. Those planning to join, are requested to gather at the church parking lot no later than 2:45. The ceremony is expected to last approximately 45 minutes and will conclude back in the church parking lot.

George Dealy gdealy@gmail.com

 

Schedule of Events for Kingsbury Pond Grist Mill Memorial Bench Dedication
June 3rd, 2017
2:30 – 3:00: Gather at St. Edward the Confessor Parking Lot to assemble for procession
3:00 – 3:15: Procession from St. Edward to Grist Mill
3:15 – 3:20: Welcome & Introductions (George Dealy}
3:20 – 3:25: Blessing (Father Culloty)
3:25 – 3:30: America the Beautiful (Medfield High Vocalist) & Presentation of Flag (Boy Scouts)
3:30 – 3:35: Tribute to Richard Werner
3:35 – 3:45: Tribute to Douglas MacKeachie
3:45 – 3:50: Taps & Dismissal
3:50 – 4:05: Procession back to St. Edward

Donate to ANGP

From Tracey Rogers, ANGP Co-chair –

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Please support the CLASS of 2017 by making a donation to this year’s All Night Graduation Party (ANGP). Medfield’s ANGP is a time-honored tradition that has provided a safe and fun way for Seniors to celebrate on graduation night for 25 years. The party held at the Medfield High School could not take place without the support of our community. Graduation Day is Sunday, June 4th, for 218 Medfield Seniors. Use the blue form in the ANGP flyer that was recently sent to all Medfield residents or simply mail your contribution to MHS All Night Graduation Party, PO Box 38, Medfield, MA 02052. On-line donations can be made at medfieldhspto.org.  THANK YOU!

Relay for Life – Chili Chowder Challenge, 4/22

From Medfield firefighter, Bill DeKing –

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Come taste and vote on your favorite chili & chowder from some of the best local restaurants to benefit the Relay For Life of Millis / Medway/ Medfield/ Norfolk on April 22nd from Noon – 4pm. We will have raffles, silent auction, music, cash bar and much much more! Tickets are $20 per person and are available to be purchased in advance or at the door. The following restaurants are going to be there to judge. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like to donate.
Thank you,
Bill DeKing
508-254-9008

Jean Mineo, Medfield Foundation 2017 volunteer of the year

Jean Mineo

Jean Mineo – 2017 Medfield Foundation Volunteer of the Year

Jean Mineo was selected as the 2017 Medfield Foundation volunteer of the year just last month by the judges.  Jean was nominated by both Chris McCue Potts and Minta Hissong, a first having the same person nominated more than once in one year.  Jean and all the remarkable eight other Medfield volunteers who were nominated this year will be celebrated at the reception next Sunday, March 19 at 3PM at The Center. The public is invited to attend.

Brothers Marketplace generously sponsored the 2017 Medfield Foundation volunteer awards and support was also received from the Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation.

Below in the order they were received are the nominations first by Chris McCue Potts, and then the one by Minta Hissong.


 

It is no secret that Jean Mineo is the “chief cultural Officer” for the town of Medfield — past, present and future! Her past work includes making possible innovative and visually interesting community art, including a sculpture trail at MSH site, power boxes painted with historical or other images relative to Medfield, and outdoor pianos for all to enjoy. Additionally, Jean founded the Cultural Alliance of Medfield so that the town would have an active cultural projects/events/advocacy organization to supplement the grant-making role of the Medfield Cultural Council. Her current work involves a number of initiatives, from making the vision of the Straw Hat Park and Holiday Stroll both a reality — and highly successful ones indeed evidenced by Town Meeting support for park funding, and the enormous turnout and positive feedback on the 2nd annual Stroll!  For both endeavors, Jean had to oversee all aspects — from fundraising, volunteer and partner recruitment, political navigation, logistical details, publicity and so much more.  Through it all, Jean always does it thoughtfully, with a calm and focused demeanor, and in a way that inspires others to get involved. Rarely does Jean get frustrated when confronted with a hurdle or challenge (which is sure to happen) — she just focuses on what needs to get done to keep things moving forward.

A hugely beneficial initiative that Jean led was the town matching initiative for Medfield Cultural Council funding for local nonprofits. For very little money (but big impact), Jean successfully made the case for the match, rallied residents to turn out for the Town Meeting vote (and speak up), and then played a role in making sure residents knew what kind of impact the doubling of available funding could have on local cultural groups and projects, including Zullo Gallery, Gazebo Players, Medfield Music Association, Medfield Public Library, and others.

Jean’s current efforts serving on the Medfield State Hospital Master Planning Committee, have the potential to provide future payoff with expansion of the town’s cultural offerings. She has spent countless hours pulling together local cultural groups and representatives who have a shared vision for the huge impact cultural initiatives/a cultural focus could have at the MSH site. Her work has required endless meetings, bringing in unpaid expertise for a visioning session, rallying the community to support the hiring of a paid consultant to conduct and report back on a feasibility study, and building relationships and navigating all levels of town politics, and the work is ongoing. Jean even launched an artistic competition for the creative reuse of the old waterworks gears from the MSH site!

Jean’s commitment to Medfield’s cultural vitality and overall town character, and the impact her time and energy has made on our community, is nothing short of amazing.

In terms of impact and results, consider this:

1) The thousands of people who have visited and enjoyed the Straw Hat Park so far…including all of the attractions that were in place prior to the official ribbon-cutting in the fall of 2016. This includes piano players, sidewalk chalk art viewers, and so many others wanting to envision the possibilities!

2) The thousands of people who have taken part in the Holiday Stroll for the past two years – whether volunteers, residents, out of town visitors, or artisans selling their works or providing services. The Stroll helped deepen the sense of community that is so strong in Medfield, and helped to lift so many spirits. The community-wide event also helps to support the livelihood of many artists, and also showcase Medfield’s own
artistic talents, including visual and musical.

3) The thousands of people who drive or walk by and appreciate all of the various community art Jean has made possible through the Art in Public Places initiative (via Medfield Foundation).

4) The tens of thousands of people who will benefit if MSH redevelopment includes one or more cultural components – this would include residents, visitors and contributing artists.

As a testament to Jean’s work as former head of the Medfield Cultural Council, the Massachusetts Cultural Council awarded her with a Leadership Circle Award in 2015, and the town recognized her contributions with a special event at the Zullo Gallery. https://www.mass-culture.org/lca_honorees.aspx

In addition to all of Jean’s cultural work, she served on the MAP board (including president) and has also been actively volunteering with community projects sponsored by United Church of Christ in Medfield (prior to and separate from working there).

Jean Mineo is long overdue for the Volunteer of the Year Award. Let’s make 2017 her year!

 


 

I am nominating Jean Mineo for the volunteer of the year award. Jean serves on many boards, organizations, and donates hours of her time to our town. I will focus on one of her big accomplishments of 2016, the Straw Hat Park. This park would not have been created but for Jean’s vision, drive, patience, knowledge and fortitude. I was lucky enough to be on the Straw Hat Park committee with Jean from the beginning when we first started meeting in December of 2013! Jean worked tirelessly from the beginning when in the summer of 2013 she started gathering ideas for the park with public art in the space. From there the selectman gave her permission to gather a team and see what could be done with the pocket park. Jean spent hours and hours on administration, attending meetings, meeting with key players in town, surveys, PR, social media guru, fundraising, speaking at town meetings, and finally working with the tradesman to get the work done. It was her project and she kept plugging away when politics and obstacles got in the way. I watched her work from behind the scenes and her dedication to our town is second to none. She always had a way to make it work. The Straw Hat Park is a beautiful new space in our town that is already getting a lot of use. This creation of this space from dirt/grass to our new park is because of Jean’s work and she deserves to be formally recognized. Thank you for the consideration.
-Minta Hissong