How do you top winning the state ball championship in 2012? Repeat the same feat in 2013 and make it look effortless.
Grafton High School’s softball team captured the Division 2 softball championship at Worcester State today, taking out Burlington. This was just a day after winning the state semifinal due to weather related postponements.
Fantastic job girls!
The Fisherville & Farnumsville Streetscape Committee is pleased to announce that the dedication ceremony for the Mill Villages Park Memorial Plaza will be held on Friday, June 14 at 6 p.m. The ceremony, which will be followed by a Flag Day concert, is open to the public and will take place rain or shine.
The Memorial Plaza has been developed over the past year. Commemorative bricks and commemorative plaques for the three flag poles purchased by private donors have been installed and will be dedicated at the event. There a second opportunity to purchase commemorative bricks in Fall 2013. A formal announcement will be made in September.
The Park originally consisted of a gravel area that was once used for parking by the Fisherville Mill prior to its destruction by fire in 1999. The Park has been under construction since the groundbreaking ceremony on April 9, 2011.
Located between the Blackstone River and the Blackstone Canal, the two acre park consists of open space for events such as farmer’s markets, exhibits, and live performances; a pavilion, river access; memorial benches, walkways and parking. The historic “little bank” building, originally located on Main Street in South Grafton and currently owned by the Grafton Historical Society, has been moved onto the site.
The Mill Villages Park is located at 61 Main Street in South Grafton. There will be a performance by Blackstone Valley Community Concert Band at 7 p.m. In the event of rain, the concert will be performed in the Grafton High School auditorium at 26 Providence Road. Guests are encouraged to car pool to the event.
Funding sources for the park as well as the memorial plaza are from federal, state and local funds including a State Smart Growth (40R) incentive grant, Community Preservation Act funds, and private donations.
The Grafton High softball team shutout the top-seeded Hudson High girls, 3-0, in the semi-final round of the Division 2 playoffs.
The Indians will now face Leicester High in the finals Saturday at Worcester State University, 5 p.m.
The winner of THAT round enters the playoffs for the state championship, which Grafton handily won last year.
Go girls, go!
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How have newspapers changed in the five years since I worked for a media outlet with a print platform? Part of my nightly routine on the desk includes following reporters in the field via Twitter and re-tweeting their updates to the Lowell Sun audience. It’s rather fascinating, especially when the police reporter is out at a shooting or the Lowell reporter is live-tweeting the happenings at one of the monk sex tape hearings in court (honey, I’m not in Grafton anymore).
I’m also required to maintain my own Twitter account, which is where you come in — if you’re on Twitter, can you follow me? You’ll get a bit of Grafton gossip, along with whatever oddities are happening at my paper that I feel like Tweeting about. I just cracked 100 followers this week, which means I have THOUSANDS to go to catch up with the police reporter (who has more followers than the police department’s actual account).
Tweet me later!
Grafton lacrosse beat Shrewsbury Tuesday in the district semi-finals, going on to the district championship Saturday against St. John’s. The game is at 3 p.m. at Foley Field — expect it to be brutal, since the second-seeded Grafton is going up against the top seed.
Grafton softball tonight goes to the semi-finals against first-seeded Hudson at Worcester State University at 7. The winner of THAT game goes to the district finals Saturday against the winner of the Leicester/Notre Dame game.
Above is one of many, many shots from the Grafton/Groton-Dunstable game — which marked my very first appearance in the Lowell Sun. Oddly enough, I’d never shot for print or appeared on the sports page in my past incarnation as a newspaper reporter. I’m really hoping for a softball matchup against a Lowell-area team, so the brackets have me rooting for Tewksbury tonight, I guess.
Grafton Police have registered a new Level 3 sex offender, bringing the total number of the most at-risk sex offenders living and working in town to eight.
Donald Cavallaro, 36, of 25 Falmouth Drive, Grafton, has convictions of two counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 years of age and one count of rape and abuse of a child dating back to March 2006, according to the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board.
Police are required to post the photographs and names of Level 3 offenders. Level 3 means the individual is at high risk to reoffend and the degree of dangerousness posted to the public is such that a substantial public safety interest is served by active community notification.
A complete list of Grafton’s Level 3 offenders can be found on the website of the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board: http://sorb.chs.state.ma.us.
Grafton High School’s Class of 2013 will graduate Friday at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester, 6 p.m. This will be the first year I haven’t been there in the opera box (“excuse me, this is reserved for press”) since 2009. I have very mixed feelings about this — it’s always a photo-heavy night and, last year, I managed to solve my major frustrations with the lighting by renting a fantastic Canon lens. I was planning to repeat that this year, but stuff happened.
Rich Price at The Grafton Villager, however, is planning to be there.
Also covering graduation is Grafton Community Television, which will tape the ceremony for future broadcast. The graduation broadcast will be available (as of June 5) on the Grafton Community Television’s You Tube link found on the GCTV web site’s home page http://www.GraftonTV.org
The graduation will also be rebroadcast on the GCTV’s Educational Channel – Charter Channel 13 / Verizon Channel 32 - on the following schedule:
Wednesday, June 5 10 PM
Thursday, June 6 5:30 PM
Friday, June 7 4:00 PM
Saturday, June 8 7:30 PM
Sunday, June 9 4:30 PM
Congratulations Class of 2013!