Friday, November 30, 2012
A weekly column by Town Historian Richard DeSorgher.
As we enter the final month of the year 2012, and before we enter the new year of 2013, it would be interesting in looking back to what was happening in this same community of Medfield exactly 100 years ago, in the year 1912. While Medfield’s current appropriations for all our operating budgets went over the $50,000,000 mark for the first time this year, in 1912, the total appropriation was only $32,278 -- about the same amount as this year’s operation and salaries for our conservation commission. The 1912 budget included $7,300 for our schools, $4,000 for the highway department, $2,500 for street lights, $1,200 for police and $400 for snow removal. The large highway budget reflected the new use of putting tarvia (now known as tar) on many…
Friday, November 16, 2012
The annual event will take place on Saturday, Nov. 17.
The annual Peak House Pantry Sale, a town tradition for over 40 years, will be held at the Peak House on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stop by early to pick up home-baked pies, breads and cookies as well as a wedge of sharp Vermont cheese cut by cheese-cutter extraordinaire, Curator Mike Stamer. Browse the white elephant sale for treasures and novelties and take a tour of the house while you’re there. All proceeds support the ongoing maintenance of the Peak House.
Monday, October 29, 2012
WGBH interviewed residents about this year's senate race between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren.
WGBH was recently in Medfield to talk to residents about this year's senate race between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren. Nearly two-thirds of Medfield voters are considered "unenrolled" (also known as "Independent"), and those who are enrolled do not always tow the party line, said the story, making it impossible to predict the senate winner in this town of 12,000. Reporter Adam Reilly referred to Medfield as "Mayberry-esque" and said, "In a big-box age, Lord's [Department Store] is a throwback — a term that applies to Medfield as a whole." Click here, to hear what residents Jim Feeney, Norman Gray, Richard DeSorgher, and Susan Bernstein told WGBH about the election and about Medfield in general.
Monday, October 1, 2012
Here's a look at things to consider in Medfield today including a meeting of the School Committee and the Lyme Disease Committee, as well as the debut of a King Philip War local documentary filmed at various historically-relevant Medfield locations.
Our weekday morning column, "5 Things You Need to Know," provides you with information that can help you plan your day and give you some fodder for water cooler conversations. 1. The Lyme Disease Study Committee will meet tonight at 7 p.m. in the Town House Warrant Room. Agenda here. 2. A documentary titled "Once Upon a Town: Medfield Under Attack" will debut tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Blake Middle School auditorium. The movie is field at various sites throughout the town that were important during the King Philip War. Sponsored by Medfield Historical Society. 3. The Medfield School Committee will hold a meeting tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the TV Production classroom at the Medfield High School. Agenda here. 4. Check your salad drawer. Did …
Monday, September 10, 2012
Here’s a look at today’s events including a Medfield School Committee meeting and strong winds.
1. Forecast for Monday: The National Weather Service based in Taunton calls for a partly sunny day. High near 71. North wind 8 to 14 mph with gusts as high as 24 mph. Monday night: Clear. Low around 46. Northwest wind 5 to 7 mph. 2. Government Meetings: 3. Library Events: 4. Community Events: 5. Other Interesting Things:
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Here is a recap of the issues discussed by the Committee to Study Memorials at its most recent meeting.
The Committee to Study Memorials met on Aug. 13 to discuss replacing the signs at the town's 13 honor squares, and also to discuss arrangements for the dedication of the Robert E. Naughton Civil Square. Here are the notes from that meeting. Civic Square Markers Robert E. Naughton Civic Square Flag Cases for Veterans Roger Hardy Flagpole The next meeting of the Committee to Study Monuments will be on Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Medfield Historical Society, 6 Pleasant Street.
Friday, August 10, 2012
This is the second in a three part series on the historic houses of East Main Street.
As part of a three-part series on the historic houses of East Main Street, this week will focus on the section of East Main Street from Robert Sproul Road to Brook Street. East Main Street, from the area of the Peak House and the 1750 Eliakim Morse house down to the Baptist Church, is truly the “Gateway” into Medfield. It is the initial impression one gets when coming into Medfield along Route 109. It contains homes dating back to the Colonial Period and magnificent landmarks out of the 18th and 19th centuries. That historic stretch is one of the factors that makes Medfield, Medfield. It is a factor when people decide to move here, it is a part of the historic heritage that gives Medfield its historical uniqueness, and it is a factor that …
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
The MHSAA will be hosting a multi-class reunion this weekend. Events start on Thursday with "A Salute to Medfield High School," a special exhibit at the Medfield Historical Society.
The Medfield High School Alumni Association will host its multi-year reunion weekend on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for all MHS classes from 1936 to 2012. Events include a dedication concert on Friday, a social on Saturday, and a picnic on Sunday. Tickets to all events can be purchased at the door. Alumni are invited to start the reunion weekend on Thursday by stopping by the Medfield Historical Society to view high school memorabilia (like that shown in the attached photos). The events include:
Monday, June 25, 2012
Antique sword used during the War of 1812 aboard the U.S.S. Constitution displayed at Peak House this past Sunday.
On Sunday afternoon, Richard DeSorgher and other members of the Medfield Historical Society set up a display case on the front lawn of the Peak House. An authentic N STARR sword which had been used during the War of 1812 aboard the U.S.S. Constitution (Old Ironsides) and a piece of the U.S.S. Constitution (removed during the 1974 restoration of the ship) were on display. In addition, visitors could view books about the history of the U.S.S. Constitution and the War of 1812. The curators of the Medfield Historical Society also gave tours of the Peak House and its grounds. This year marks the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Here's a look at what's going on in the area this weekend including: Peak House Opens with Sword from War of 1812, New England Checkers Competition, and Ice Cream Social at Bird Park.
1. New England Checkers Championship Where/When: 8 Pine Street, Dover; Saturday, June 23, 8:30 a.m. Why Go: The New England States Open and District 1 Championship will be held at the home of Richard White in Dover, on Saturday, June 23. Register 8:30 a.m., first round play starts at 9:30 a.m. Over by generally 6 p.m. Tournament will be a round-robin played under rules of American checker (English draughts). New England and individual state championships will be determined. This tournament is sanctioned by the American Checker Federation. There is no entry fee or cash prizes. Anyone may enter. For details please email Richard White at email@example.com or call 508-785-3197. Pricing: Free 2. Ice Cream Social at Bird Park Where/When: …