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Video: HCAM News 1-8-2016

On this edition of HCAM News the Board of Selectmen further discussed the Fire Chief position, we have Hillers sports highlights from games to close out December and HCAM news stopped by the monthly veterans breakfast at the senior center, but first, the Board of Selectmen honored the latest town retirees with very nice gifts and acknowledging the many years and contributions each retiree made to the town.

Senator Spilka Holds District Office Hours

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Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) or representatives from her staff will be available for district office hours in Hopkinton, Ashland and Framingham on Friday, January 29th. Constituents are invited to share their concerns, questions and policy priorities and hear updates on the latest news and events from the State House and in the district.

Friday, January 29th
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Hopkinton Gourmet
43 Main St., Hopkinton

Hopkinton Drug Lecture Series 2016 Schedule

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Free public lectures featuring prominent health professionals and wellness educators, all events will take place at the Hopkinton Senior Center.

Hopkinton Nomination Papers Available Friday Jan 8th

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Starting Friday January 8th, nomination papers will be available at the town clerks office. The deadline to file nomination papers is March 28th, you must have signatures from at least 50 Hopkinton voters to qualify.

Martin Luther King Day Activities Jan 16th and Jan 18th

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Martin Luther King Day in Hopkinton began in 2006, when Linda Katz, who had seen a national initiative called the National Day of Giving Back, brought it to the Youth Commission as a way to make MLK day a “Day on, not a day off” for our youth. Linda organized this event for the Youth Commission for 4 years, at which point, Margie Wiggin, current Chair of the Youth Commission, took it over and continued the tradition.

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Video: HCAM News Relives Hopkinton's 300th Anniversary Celebration

On this special edition of HCAM news we will relive 2015, a year of celebration in Hopkinton as this year was the 300th anniversary of Hopkinton officially incorporating as a town.

Hopkinton Fire Department Releases Statistics for 2015

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The Hopkinton Fire Department sent out the below facebook message highlighting 2015. The facebook post talks about an increase in the amount of emergency responses and quantity of call volume, inspections for homes and businesses as well as car seat installations. To follow the Hopkinton Fire department on facebook:

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VIdeo: HCAM News 12-25-2015

On this edition of HCAM news, you will hear what "Lose it for the Library" is all about, Town Clerk Geri Holland announced her retirement and we will get you up to date with Hillers Sports, but first with Chief of the Hopkinton fire Department Ken Clark retiring, the Board of Selectmen addressed the open Fire Chief position.

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Video: Ken McDonald Tribute at Senior Center Veterans Breakfast

During the first Friday of every month local veterans get together at the Hopkinton Senior Center to have breakfast, socialize and recall memories. HCAM News stopped by the December breakfast and Senior Center volunteer Ronnie Bilodeau described the "missing comrade" table that is set up for each gathering to honor prisoners of war or pay tribute to comrades who have passed way.

A display on the table describes the tradition: "The table is set with a white tablecloth, a black napkin, a white candle and a plate with only a slice of lemon and salt with an empty chair leaning against the table. The tradition was started by a group of fighter pilots who flew in Vietnam known as the Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association. also known as the the river rats of Vietnam. Other branches of the military soon picked up on the tradition of setting a remembrance table when units or commands gather for dinners and reunions."

Also at the December breakfast, event organizer Henry Allessio paid tribute to Navy Veteran Ken McDonald who was tragically killed at the age of 73, two days before thanksgiving after being struck by a car in Natick. Allessio talked about how Ken worked to restore the Boston Post Cane (a tradition started in 1909 by the "Boston Post" newspaper and still takes place in Hopkinton, in which a cane is given to the oldest resident in the town). Allessio described Ken as someone that would always help others; "he really had a life driven by many great works". Ken's neighbor for over 30 years Bob Letendre was also in attendance at the breakfast and recalled memories of living next to Ken; "he's sorrily going to be missed, he was a great fella."

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Hopkinton Garden Club “Epimediums -- Jewels of the Shade” with Karen Perkins

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Known by many as a simple ground cover for dry woodland shade, Epimediums are finally getting the appreciation they deserve. This "perfect shade perennial" possesses a delicate beauty that belies its surprisingly tough, long-lasting nature. Karen will illustrate the many and varied types now commercially available, including some of the exciting new evergreen species from China. Characteristics, growth habit, growing and propagation, pests and diseases, and combining Epimediums with other shade perennials in the garden will be addressed.


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