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Category Archives: Walpole

Head-turning owls visit library, virtually

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

Have you ever looked up in the sky at night and spotted a bird flying? Have you ever gone outside and heard a bird noise you didn’t recognize? In both situations, you more than likely were in proximity of an owl. For many of us,...

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Bird Park hosts Afternoon S’mores

A family poses for a quick photograph before returning to their s'more making.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

With COVID-19 forcing everyone outside, public parks have been a major gathering place for people looking to see each other safely, or to fight off cabin...

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Walpole to pause COVID-19 clinic

As of March 1, the state of Massachusetts will no longer be providing first-dose vaccines to individual municipal clinics. This includes the current clinic being held at the Council On Aging in Walpole.

As a result, the Walpole Health Department will pause their clinic signup procedure and will no longer...

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Library hosts remote storytime via Zoom

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

Everyone has found themselves making changes to their regularly scheduled programming during the COVID era, and libraries are no exception. At the Walpole Public Library, though, the staff has tried its hand at bringing back fan favorites in a pandemic-friendly format. Among these favorites...

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Walpole begins vaccination rollout

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

One of the unique issues with the COVID-19 vaccine rollout is that the group of people who most need it, seniors, are the same group of people who have the most trouble both registering for and physically getting it. To remedy this situation, Walpole has...

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Reinstein presents virtual NE road trip

Ted Reinstein designed the talk over the summer, knowing libraries would be desperate for virtual content.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

On Thursday night, local author and television personality Ted Reinstein presented his live slideshow presentation “The New Normal New England Road...

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Bird Park hosts MLK Walk

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

In the last year, Bird Park in Walpole has hosted a variety of different history walks. Each of these shows the local connections to historical events and people. As a history lover, these walks bring me a ridiculous amount of joy. Past walks have included...

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MLK Day observance held virtually

With no candlelight ceremony on Walpole common, instead people were encouraged to light candles in their windows.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Although last year’s Martin Luther King Day observance featured an outdoor candlelight ceremony, group singing, speeches and a reception at the United...

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Connecting with the High St. Trail

With its flat terrain and well-groomed trail, it wasn’t a surprise to see so many mountain bikers riding the path.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Since there’s no heavy snow on the ground, the weather is unseasonably warm, and the possibility of having to...

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Library hosts Cuban political poster display

Lewis noted that he appreciated both the photography based and illustrated posters, believing there to be a place for both.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

While these days your Facebook feed is likely filled with political memes, doctored photos, and stories that may...

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Wrestlers fundraise ahead of uncertain season

The Walpole wrestling team grappled with some large but outdated electronics as part of the fundraiser to raise money for the team.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Walpole wrestling coach Steve Hile noted that with the season hopefully launching in April, he’d like to...

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Walpole 2020: a year in review

In what might be Hometown Weekly's most extreme understatement of the still-young 21st century, we at the paper are confident in saying the last 365 days won't soon be forgotten.

With a world-stopping pandemic, contentious US presidential election, and demonstrations for racial equality dominating headlines around the globe, it won't...

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Rec Dept. encourages Holiday Lights participation

Holiday traditions are looking a bit different this year. The Walpole Lights tour is one of the many events changed by this year's circumstances. Instead of hosting a competition, Walpole Recreation is making the Walpole Lights celebration a festivity that everyone can take part in.

Residents of Walpole who...

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Families search Bird Park for reindeer

Taking a photo alongside the found reindeer was a pivotal part of the experience.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, and you probably recall the most famous reindeer of all, but do you know Anna,...

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Family friends rally for Greyson Beauregard

Each pallet is adorned with the lacrosse related hashtag Lisa Raeke’s son came up with: '#GoalsforGreyson.'

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Walpole thirteen-year-old Greyson Beauregard suffered a traumatic recreational accident on October 31, that left him unable to walk. With that leaving his family...

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Lt. Col. Custer’s last messenger

By Bill Lombardi
Hometown Weekly Correspondent

Giovanni Martini, born in a little town outside Salerno, Italy, was 20 years old when he immigrated to the United States in 1873 and settled in Brooklyn, New York. Alone and in a strange country, he was unable to find work. One day,...

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Bird Park examines Civil War connections

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

Sometimes it can be hard to imagine our local towns playing a part in major historical events. Sure, Massachusetts is where the Pilgrims landed, where King Philip's War took place, and where the Revolutionary War exploded into existence - but most events seem to happen...

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Friends of St. Patrick give back

The Friends of St. Patrick recently held their charity presentation and live auction, presenting $20,000 - $10,000 apiece - to the Society of St. Vincent dePaul and Walpole Community Food Pantry, respectively.

Both Bill Ryan, who accepted the generous donation on behalf of the Society of St. Vincent dePaul, and...

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#GoalsforGreyson launches in Walpole

On October 31, only weeks after his 13th birthday, Greyson "Grey" Beauregard suffered a traumatic recreational accident. His injuries were severe, leaving him unable to walk.

The Walpole community has responded by lending its steadfast support. 

The challenges Grey and his family now face as they adapt...

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Patrons return to Walpole Library

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

For months, public libraries have wrangled with the consequences of the pandemic. In addition to moving their programming to a virtual format, library staffers have also rethought the physical layout of their spaces to make things safe for the eventual return of patrons.