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Brandon Joseph Showalter, 28

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Brandon Joseph Showalter, 28, passed away suddenly from a heart-related illness on Saturday, Augsust 25, 2012. Born in Boston, he was the son of Ronald A. and Catherine (Cotter) Showalter of Hopkinton and East Dennis.

He was a 2002 graduate of Hopkinton High School and attended UMass Amherst. He was the vice president of operations at All Pro Cleaning Systems of Westborough. He was an avid Boston sports fan and loved watching NASCAR.

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Rep. Dykema Hosts Annual Senior Picnic

Under bright sunny skies, seniors from Hopkinton, Holliston, Medway, Southborough and Westborough gathered at the Laborer's Training Center for some barbeque and raffle prizes during State Representative Carolyn Dykema's annual senior picnic on August 21st.

The picnic started several years ago in Hopkinton residents Bob and Jackie Lavoies' backyard, and has now grown into an annual tradition. Dykema says that this year's crowd was the largest ever for the event.

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Training A Therapy Dog

From the outside, Gabe looks like an average dog. He knows commands such as sit, lie down, and stay, and likes to play with his toys. But the 1½ year old lab-shepherd mix is in the process of preparing to do something special. Owner, and Milford resident Debbie Slutz, is currently training Gabe to become a therapy dog. Unlike a guide dog, which helps assist those with visual impairments, a therapy dog helps to provide comfort and joy to people in places such as schools, hospitals, and nursing homes. Slutz, who recently graduated from the University of Denver with her masters in social work and a certificate in animal-assisted social work, hopes to be able to use Gabe in future jobs because of the unique benefits he provides.

Slutz got Gabe this past June from Baypath Humane Society in Hopkinton. Initially interested in another dog, as soon as Slutz met Gabe, however, she had a feeling he'd be a great match.

One of the most important aspects of therapy dogs are their temperament since they need to be accustomed to meeting different people and being in different types of environments. So before deciding on Gabe, Slutz had both her older and younger brother interact with him. And Gabe passed that test with flying colors. Currently, Slutz is working on teaching Gabe basic commands such a heel. He is also learning important skills necessary for a therapy dog to have such as sitting in front of an open door and not eating food off the floor.

Gabe is also working on appropriate ways to interact with people, which Slutz says sometimes gets kind of tricky to enforce when meeting strangers who are often eager to pet him.

Slutz plans on using the Pet Partners program, formerly known as the Delta Society, to test Gabe. In order to be certified as a therapy dog, Gabe will need to demonstrate proficiency in the skills he has been busy learning.

Gabe will qualify to take the test in December. And Slutz says that even if he doesn't pass, she knows all the hard training will still be beneficial.

To see Slutz and Gabe in action and to learn more, watch the HCAM News video below.

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Physician Focus Tapes 100th Episode

Monday, August 13th was a memorable night in the HCAM studio as cast and crew prepared for the 100th taping of Physician Focus, a monthly half hour educational talk show that brings important health and medical information from practicing physicians and health care professionals to people and patients of all ages.

A collaborative effort of the Massachusetts Medical Society, the statewide organization of physicians and HCAM TV, Physician Focus first aired in 2004.

Latest Job and Unemployment Estimates in Massachusetts

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On Tuesday, August 21, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported that the July 2012 seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates were down in the Barnstable, Amherst, Nantucket and Tisbury areas; unchanged in the North Adams area; and up in the other seventeen areas over the month. Over the year, the rates are down in all twenty two labor areas.

Patrick-Murray Administration Announces First in Nation Comprehensive Health Care Option For Dual Eligible Individuals Approved by Obama Administration

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ThePatrick-Murray Administration today announced that Massachusetts is the first state in thenation to receive approval from the Obama Administration to implement a healthcare initiative to improve care and contain cost for 111,000 persons withdisabilities who are dual eligible for Medicaid and Medicare.

Eastern Equine Ecephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus Confirmed in Mosquitoes in Hopkinton

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The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) announced today that West Nile virus (WNV) has been detected in a predominantly bird biting species of mosquito called Culex. The Department also announced that Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus had been detected in a mammal biting species of mosquito called Perturbans. In 2011, 4,604 mosquito samples were tested for WNV and 275 samples were positive. Hopkinton had 0 WNV positive mosquito samples identified in 2011 but did have a positive EEE in October.

Updated Roadwork Notice

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The Town of Hopkinton’s paving contractor will be working on Church PL on Tuesday August 21 from 7am-10am installing berm along the edge of the road. They will then be on the newly paved section of Hayden Rowe St (Chestnut St to College St) adjusting driveway aprons with new asphalt from 10am-3pm.

On Wednesday August 22 they will be on Church St installing berm from 7am-10am and then return to Hayden Rowe St to finish the remaining driveway aprons from 10am-3pm.

Please do not park along the side road and expect some delay during this work.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Ray Fair, An Old Soldier

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Raymond J. Fair, Jr., the oldest veteran in Hopkinton, passed away on 13 July 2012. Ray was 94 years old. He served proudly in the US Army during World War II.

When the USA entered WW II, Ray was granted deferments for his work in defense operations. At 26 when finally drafted, he processed through Fort Devens before training at Camp Gruber in Oklahoma. When his unit transferred to Louisiana, Ray became a member of the newly-formed (February 1943) 985th Field Artillery Battalion. He was assigned to Battery A.

Solarize Hopkinton Reaches Tier 2 Pricing

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The Hopkinton Sustainable Green Committee and the Mass Clean Energy Center are pleased to announce that the Popkes family of Cedar St. Extension signed a contract for a 7.5kW system this week, reaching tier two of the Solarize pricing schedule. That means everyone in the program just reduced their price from $3.69 to $3.62/Watt. The Popkes family, who opted for the black Suntech panel upgrade and the microinverters just saved $525.

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