Relay For Life: The Spirit of Spring

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High School Senior Evan Katz writes about Hopkinton's Relay for Life.

With spring in full bloom, the biggest event of the season fast approaches – Relay For Life. Relay For Life is an annual fundraiser, collecting money to be donated to the American Cancer Society. Unlike most fundraisers, however, Relay is a community-wide event, and participants walk all night around the Hopkinton High School track, symbolizing the struggle of a cancer patient, always moving towards the coming dawn of a new day.

St. Paul’s Rummage Sale April 30th

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If you’re seeking big bargains on clothing, toys, and other miscellaneous items, you need look no further than St. Paul’s Spring Rummage Sale on Saturday, April 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. There you’ll find some great deals on adult and children’s apparel and accessories, books, and other household items! St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is located at 61 Wood Street (Rte. 135) in Hopkinton.

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The Easter Bunny Visits Hopkinton Drug

Although the annual Parks and Recreation Easter Egg hunt was cancelled due to the rain, children still had the chance to meet the Easter Bunny at Hopkinton Drug on Saturday. Watch the HCAM News video now or tune in tonight at 6PM on Comcast Channel 8 or Verizon Channel 30!

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Meet Hopkinton's Chief for the Day

Watch the HCAM News video to see the winner of the HPTA Children's Gallery "Police Chief for a Day". First grader Michael Ambrosone was the lucky winner.

Easter Egg Hunt Canceled

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Due to predicted inclement weather, The Parks and Recreation’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be canceled for Saturday, 4-23-11.

The events sponsor, Hopkinton Drug Store, invites you to meet the Easter Bunny at their store on Main Street.

It starts at 11:00 AM and all the treats will be given to those who attend.

Mike Preite
Hopkinton Parks and Recreation Director

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Girl Scouts Go the Distance at Marathon Tea

On April 14th, the Hopkinton Girl Scouts held their annual Marathon Tea. This year marked an especially memorable celebration as Girl Scout Cadet Troop 73791 was honored. A marathon related patch that the cadets created was recently approved by the Girl Scouts of Massachusetts and can now be earned all across the state. The Going the Distance patch teaches those who earn it about the preparation, discipline, and dedication it takes to run a marathon. Cadets Avery McKenna, Amanda Rogers and Chloe Smith were very excited to have the chance to create a patch that celebrated Hopkinton's connection to the Boston Marathon.

Girl Scouts attending the tea celebration had the opportunity to "Go the Distance" themselves by completing a variety of activities at a number of stations. Some of the activities included learning about the history of the Boston Marathon, eating a nutritious snack, showing good sportsmanship, and exercising. The goal is to promote a healthy lifestyle, regardless of athletic ability. It is a message that struck Hopkinton Athletic Association President Michael Neece.

"The patch is just not about marathoning," said Neece. "It's about going the distance in whatever you choose to do. There's different ways you can meet the different criteria. You don't just have to run. You can do all kinds of other activities, so it's designed to be inclusive for whatever level of ability you have."

Cadet Amanda Rogers encouraged the girls in attendance to continue to going the distance in their own lives.

"Going the distance means going the extra mile," said Rogers. "People who run marathons are excellent examples of going the distance because they put a great amount of effort in training and they never give up. Going the distance means that you are determined and strong and you won't stop until you accomplish your dream. The reason why we named this patch after such a meaningful goal," continued Rogers, "is because we wanted to portray the fact that when you run a marathon you are accomplishing more than just running 26.2 miles."

In creating the patch itself the girls demonstrated many of the qualities of a successful marathon runner, as the yearlong process to get the patch approved took teamwork, leadership, and hard work. For the cadets, the end result was well worth it.

For more information about how to earn the patch, Click Here.

“Drive thru Prayer” - Relay for Life

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Everyone has been touched by cancer, either through their own personal battle or through someone they love. There will be a fund raiser “Drive-thru Prayer” on Saturday, April 30th for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at 249 Wood St. Hopkinton. You will be able to drive through the parking area and receive a prayer for a loved one affected by cancer.

St. Paul's and Christ Church to Hold Joint Holy Week Services

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As a means of uniting together in fellowship and faith, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Hopkinton and Christ Episcopal Church in Medway will be conducting joint services during Holy Week. All are welcome to attend these reflective and spiritual services, which will take place at the following times and locations:

Wednesday, April 20
7:30 p.m. Tenebrae Liturgy Christ Church, Medway

Thursday, April 21
6:30 p.m. Simple Supper St. Paul’s, Hopkinton
7:30 p.m. Maundy Thursday service St. Paul’s, Hopkinton

Hopkinton Garden Club and Marathon Quilters Host "Quilts in Bloom"

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On Tuesday, April 12, 2011, the Hopkinton Garden Club and the Marathon Quilt Guild partnered together to bring a wonderful program to the community. Robin Murphy joined the two groups at the First Congregational Church to present her 'Quilts in Bloom' program. More than sixty members of the surrounding community were in attendance. Ms. Murphy is both an expert quilter and acclaimed floral designer. The program combined both skills - starting with a quilted piece as inspiration for building a fresh floral arrangement. Ms.

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Troop 4 Pancake Breakfast

From young to old, pancakes were enjoyed by all at the Troop 4 Pancake breakfast held last Saturday at St. John’s Parish Hall. Whether you wanted just a few or a full stack, there were plenty of pancakes to go around. Parents with children, senior citizens and even one state official stopped by to help the scouts with their fundraising effort.

The chefs with their griddles were set up outside and the pancakes just kept coming. Plain or chocolate chip, Assistant Scout Master Peter Lahaie estimates that over 1,000 pancakes were served.


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