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Day camp land
The Boston Globe reports on the water and sewer commission's negotiations to buy the Sharon Country Day Camp site to protect the aquifer.

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Historic meeting
From the society:
Patricia Fanning will
speak about the 1918 influenza epidemic in the Norwood/Walpole area at the next meeting of the Walpole Historical Society 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the Deacon Willard Lewis House, 33 West St.

The influenza epidemic of 1918 was one of the worst medical disasters in human history, taking close to thirty million lives worldwide (more than 750,000 in the United States) in less than a year.

Fanning's presentation to the Walpole Historical Society will focus on her book "Influenza and Inequality: One Town’s Tragic Response to the Great Epidemic of 1918," published by UMass Press in October, 2010. In the book, Fanning explories what occurred during the 1918 influenza epidemic in one small industrial community, Norwood

Her Sept. 16 talk will bring this horrifying episode of disease to life as it moved through the streets of Norwood, and neighboring Walpole.

Fanning has been a member of the Norwood Historical Society for many years. She received a Master’s in American studies and a PhD in sociology from Boston College and is a professor of sociology at Bridgewater State University.


Obituaries
Notices from Alexander F. Thomas and Sons Funeral Home.

Notices from James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home

Notices from Ginley Funeral Homes. (Includes Walpole, Franklin and Medway funeral homes)

Police logs
The police department's web page offers links to incident and arrest logs.

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Volunteer Network Fair Saturday
The Junior Woman’s Club of Walpole is sponsoring a Volunteer Networking Fair at the Walpole Public Library Saturday, Sept. 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

From the club:
Do you want to make a difference by getting involved with your community? Join us on September 6 to learn about the diverse nonprofit volunteer opportunities in Walpole.

Ever wonder about what is involved with fostering a kitty or being a weekend puppy raiser? Enjoy the outdoors? Friends of Francis William Bird Park or Adams Farm might spark your interest. Want to help families in need? Check out NewLife Home Refurnishing. Have an hour to deliver a few meals? Consider helping at Hessco’s Meals on wheels. Play an instrument? Join the Wal-pole Community Band.

So much to see and no obligation to join anything.

Participating
~ American Red Cross
~ Breading Bread
~ Catching Joy
~ Coalition for Alcohol & Drug Awareness
~ Friends of Adams Farm
~ Friends of Francis William Bird Park
~ HESSCO
~ Junior Woman’s Club of Walpole
~ League of Women Voters
~ NEADS –weekend puppy raisers
~ NewLife Home Refurnishing
~ Neponset Valley Humane Society
~ Origami by Ora
~ Relay for Life American Cancer Society
~ RB Foundation
~ South Walpole United Methodist Church
~ Walpole Area VNA
~ Walpole Community Band
~ Walpole Knitters
~ Walpole Medical Reserve Corps
~ Walpole Senior Moments
~ Walpole Woman’s Club


Projects proposed via $21 million override
The sketch above shows one design possibility for a new fire station, with the old Town Hall, now the police station, converted to be part of the fire station. The sketch and the drawing below come from a series of slides on the selectmen's web pages. (pdf)
A new police station (1) and senior center (2) would be built on the east side of South Street. The drawing shows only that the two buildings would fit on the parcel and not firm location or shape. Across South Street, the EPA and the companies involved have agreed to demolish the big brick mill building as part of the Superfund project -- a major win for selectmen who fought for years to get the demolition agreement. The parties will also build, maintain and operate a groundwater cleanining facility (3). The parties are expected to pay for a parking lot on the mill site, leaving the town to pay only for striping and lighting. Selectmen are also working to get the parties to do the demolition work on the east side.

A slide from selectmen estimates the cost of the projects at $32 million, of which $21 million would come from an override on the November ballot.

The EPA's South Street Superfund page

WalpoleWords comments on buildings and override



School bus routes
The school department has posted its bus routes with an Aug. 29 revision. pdf

A department page offers links to payment and other bus information.


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School menus
Here's the school department's link page for breakfast and lunch menus for all schools.

Cemetery space
On his blog, Sam Obar writes about Walpole's dwindling cemetery space.

Next town admin
Mike Iwanowicz seeks comments (link fixed) on a new thread about choosing the next town administrator as Michael Boynton leaves for the similar post in Medway.

Walpole weather
This July was more pleasant than last. John Anderson's column.

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Council on Aging
COA September newsletter pdf

COA web page.

Hessco serves the elderly in Walpole and
neighboring towns.


Blogs, links
Friends of Francis William Bird Park, Facebook

Walpole Recreation's Facebook page

Sam Obar's blog

Friends of the Walpole Public Library

Walpole Public Library calendar

Mike Iwanowicz
Walpole columnist

Walpole Town Meeting (Jon Rockwood)

The Walpole Peace and Justice Group

Walpole Friends of Music

Potters Place

More Walpole links, including MCAS results, MBTA bus and commuter rail schedules.


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