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American Climbers in National Geographic Reality Series

Boom! Not only is that the sound that the trees make as workers from Hopkinton-based tree removal company American Climbers cut them down, but it can also be used to describe the careers of these self-proclaimed "tree cowboys". The crew, alongside three other Massachusetts tree felling companies, are the subject of a new reality-documentary series that is currently airing on the National Geographic Channel called "Big Bad Wood".

According to American Climbers owner Rich Yurewicz, tree felling is one of the most dangerous jobs due to both environmental factors as well as the fact professionals often work in residential neighborhoods. Because of this inherent danger, chronicling the everyday adventures of these workers seemed like a natural fit to do a show about. American Climbers, which is headquartered on Hayden Rowe Street, was selected after Yurewicz heard about the opportunity through Tree Tech, another crew profiled on the show. They were then interviewed by show producers. Part of the reason that the crew was picked was due to the fact that they usually don't utilize machinery to remove trees, a practice not all businesses use.

The show was shot over a course of three months beginning in March and will include some footage shot in Hopkinton. The guys say that getting used to having around 20 additional people and dozens of cameras watching and recording their every move wasn't too hard to adjust to.

If the opportunity to do a second season presented itself, the guys say that they would definitely welcome the cameras back.

To celebrate the first episode, which premiered on October 17th, the crew hosted a viewing party at Framingham restaurant Angry Hams. And from their reaction, were clearly happy with how it turned out. The show airs on Thursdays at 9pm on the National Geographic Channel.

Casino Impacts Learned from Norwich CT

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With Milford’s referendum vote on the proposed casino set for November 19, the MetroWest Anti-Casino Coalition (MWACC) continues to gather information regarding the potential impacts on surrounding communities. On October 15, 2013, the MetroWest Anti-Casino Coalition met with City Officials of the City of Norwich, Connecticut to discuss their experience with Foxwoods Resort and Casino as a neighbor and business partner.

A summary of the lessons learned from the City of Norwich was scheduled for discussion by selectmen at their October 22 meeting.

Chairman Mosher Pens Two Letters Related to Proposed Casino

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Two letters awaiting the Board of Selectmen’s approval were included with the agenda
for its October 22 meeting. One, addressed to Governor Deval Patrick, was a follow-up
to a previously unanswered letter stating Hopkinton’s concerns with the casino licensing
process, and the second was a letter to the Metropolitan Area Planning Council declining
the MAPC’s offer of professional services for the purpose of evaluating the impacts of the
proposed casino in Milford.

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War Dogs Visit the Hopkinton Senior Center

A dog is known as a man's best friend. And as those who attended a presentation at the Senior Center on October 17th learned that nowhere is that statement more accurate than in the battlefield, where since World War II, dogs have served alongside those in the military and have helped decrease the number of causalities in wars. Due to a dog's keen sense of smell, sight, and hearing, they have been used, and are still used, to identify IEDs, booby traps, and enemy ambushes sooner than a human can.

The presentation was led by military dog historian Michael Lemish. Lemish, who never served in the military himself, became interested in researching about the history of dogs who serve in wars after reading a book about the Vietnam War. He soon learned that the last book on military dogs was published in 1955. That discovery led to Lemish writing a book about the subject entitled "War Dogs - Canines in Combat" in 1996. The book was republished in paperback in 1999 and was renamed " War Dogs, a History of Loyalty and Heroism" and focused on the true stories of those who served in the military during various wars and the four-legged companions who served alongside them.

At the presentation, Lemish was also joined by Lucy, a German Shepherd that he adopted about three years ago. Unlike Lemish, Lucy was being trained to serve in the military. However, similarly to Lemish, Lucy never had a chance to actually serve.

Robert Kollar, a scout dog handler during the Vietnam War, also joined Lemish to share his story. Kollar served with his scout dog, Rebel, from 1968 through 1969.

Although there is currently no national medal in the United States to recognize the sacrifices, bravery, and service of military dogs, both Lemish and Kollar undoubtedly believe that military dogs are heroes.

Watch the HCAM News video to hear the story!

Hopkinton Girl Scouts Take a Stand Against Bullying with the Million Misfit Sock March

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As you know, October is Anti-Bullying month. In direct reference to this, Hopkinton Girl Scouts would like to make you aware of a wonderful event that is coming up on October 25th. It is called the Million Misfit Sock March. This event honors the "misfit" in all of us and encourages people to take a stand against bullying by uniting and wearing mismatched socks to school, work, sporting events, etc. Leaders of Hopkinton Girl Scout Troops, would like to support this event.

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Residents Speak Out At School Committee Meeting

Hopkinton resident and Planning Board member John Coutinho and his wife Brenda were among the residents who spoke during the public comment session at the October 17th School Committee meeting expressing their dissatisfaction with the board's way of communicating with the public and the lack of communication regarding the leave of absence for Hopkinton High School Principal Mike Cournoyer.

Watch the HCAM News video highlights from the meeting to hear what they had to say. To see the full meeting video, visit the Government Meetings section of our website.

Veterans’ Appreciation Dinner November 11

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Hopkinton will once again honor its military veterans at the twelfth annual Veteran’s Day Dinner, sponsored by the Veterans Celebration Committee, which will be held on, Monday, November 11, 2013 at the Woodville Rod and Gun Club. The dinner is free for all Hopkinton Veterans. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. Please come enjoy the company of fellow veterans over a nice meal. Enjoy speakers and special entertainment, as well as watching a fantastic slide show presentation of photos taken of the veterans during their service.

The 7th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

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On October 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Hopkinton Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its seventh opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to the Hopkinton Police Department at 74 Main Street. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Madalynne Kendall

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Joyce Alexander announces the birth of her daughter Madalynne Kendall Alexander on July 23, 2013. Madalynne's proud grandparents are Pattie and Patrick Alexander of Hopkinton.

Hopkinton Cheerleaders Off to a Winning Start

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And the train keeps rolling. The Hopkinton Cheerleaders bested several Division 2 teams to take first place at the Milford Invitational Cheer Competition this weekend. It appears they haven’t lost any of the momentum from last year. (The Hopkinton Cheerleaders made it to the New England’s last winter). This is a strong dedicated team with a great group of freshmen and sophomores athletes; led by the tried and true juniors and especially the seniors who over the four years have dedicated countless hours of practice and perseverance to guide this team to victory year after year.


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