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Derbyfest this Saturday

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The first Annual Derbyfest is this Saturday (21st). Don’t miss out! It is only $5 per adult over 21. We will have a beer tasting by 7th Wave Brewing Medfield’s new and only brewery, mini tours of Medfield’s oldest house, the Dwight and Derby Exhibits for your enjoyment and our Dwight-Derby Shoppe will be open for your convenience. You can buy a ticket ahead by contacting Cheryl at 508-359-7264 or cheryl’ or pay at the door. Don’t miss the fun!!


Do spread the word! Thank you!!!

Cheryl O’Malley


Friends of the Dwight-Derby House

38 Pleasant Street

Medfield, MA. 02052

7 Frairy Street

Facebook: Friends of the Dwight Derby House






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 :



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


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


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 –


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  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