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Hiking the Harold LeBlanc Trail

From now on, walking this path should be called 'hiking the Harold.'

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

The Harold LeBlanc Trail at the Fisher School was cleared by Paul Bolton and a crew of Boy Scouts this March. On the Walpole Trails Facebook page,...

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Town struggles with land leasing decision

The planned solar panels on Fisher Road.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Residents have called it “basically extortion by the county,” warned “we will regret this,” and threatened lawsuits to both the town and Norfolk County for damages if it goes through. Board of...

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COA takes on COVID-19 challenges

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

For months, the Walpole Co-Operative Bank South Street Center has been closed to visitors. Programs have run strictly through Zoom. Ride services have shut down. But during these last few months, staff at the South Street Center has found new ways of communicating with...

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Endean Trail an apparently forgotten path

The Endean Trail begins just to the right of Dog Rock, which makes parking a bit tricky.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

At the Tweeter Center, I once watched Jerry Lee Lewis sing “Great Balls of Fire” to about a hundred people who mostly...

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School committee votes for hybrid option

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

On August 6, the Walpole School Committee unanimously voted to attempt the hybrid model of school reopening in the fall. While the committee emphasized fluidity and adaptability, they thoroughly outlined the model and tried to respond to possible issues that could arise.

Electronics recycling, September 12

On Satday, September 12, residents of Walpole and other nearby communities can drop off their unwanted electronics at the Blessed Sacrament School to be recycled for a small price. The event is being hosted by Green Day Recycling.

There will be no charge for cell phones, bikes, and car...

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Bird Park highlights women’s suffrage movement

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

Bird Park has always been a popular spot during the summer. With wide-open fields, playgrounds, and a number of trails, the park has something for everyone to enjoy. On Saturday, August 9, I visited to try the self-guided Women’s Suffrage and the Bird Family...

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New Life announces reopening

New Life Furniture Bank of Massachusetts has officially reopened following its months-long closure due to the pandemic.

New Life is currently accepting donations, though only through appointment. Those interested in dropping off items, including furniture and household items, can schedule an appointment here. Drop-off appointments are available on Saturdays between...

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Bird Park hosts Tree Trek

The weeping willow casts a backdrop against the setting sun.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Many Walpole residents have walked through Bird Park hundreds of times, likely stopping to look at the various wildlife in the ponds or the flowers on the banks of...

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Live music returns to Adams Farm

Everyone was happy to see actual, live music for the first time in months.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

There are pages upon pages of quotes about the healing power of music. From “music can heal the wounds medicine cannot touch” to “time...

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Walpole Library announces reopening

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

Patrons had no idea that the Walpole Public Library’s sudden closure in March would last months. Since closing the doors months ago, staff and patrons alike have been eager to get back to some normalcy - and back into the library. They’ve been able to...

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Bird Park hosts StoryWalk

The closeness of the story pages meant the StoryWalk wasn’t very long.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Indoor venues are likely going to have to have some interesting deals and zany promotions to get people through their doors. Because of the coronavirus, people just...

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New Life seeking volunteers

New Life Furniture Bank of Massachusetts is seeking volunteers, particularly on Fridays, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. New Life Furniture Banks collects furniture and household goods that can be given to people in need.

Weekday volunteers can help process and repair donations, help clients select furniture, aid in...

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Household Hazardous Waste collection day upcoming

The Walpole Board of Health has announced a new date and time for its annual household hazardous waste collection. On Saturday, July 25, from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., residents can bring hazardous materials to the Fisher School for disposal. Those dropping items off must stay in their car and wear a mask.

Unnamed trail causes confusion

How was I supposed to not go on the railroad tracks, at the end of this trail?

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Just this year, we lost two of the few remaining mysteries in America. Fenn’s Treasure, a chest of gold and jewels worth...

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Walpole Library announces StoryWalk

Patrons still cannot go inside the Walpole Public Library, but that shouldn't stop anyone from visiting. During July, the Walpole Public Library is hosting a StoryWalk around the library that brings some of the best of children's literature outside. This month, families are invited to read "Who Took the Farmer's Hat," by Joan...

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Officer Genard a study in trust

By Linda Thomas
Hometown Weekly Correspondent

Ernest Hemingway once offered some simple advice for trusting people: “The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them,” he wrote.

This likely would have been a difficult concept to embrace, though, for a young girl...

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Ed the Wizard coming to Library

Just because the library is closed doesn't mean that the fun has stopped. On Tuesday, July 14, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m, the Walpole Public Library will be hosting Ed the Wizard in what is sure to be an exciting Zoom program. During the event, Ed the Wizard will teach kids some...

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New Life hosting Stuff-a-truck

New Life Furniture Bank of Massachusetts is hosting Stuff-A-Truck. On Wednesday, July 8, from 9 to 11 a.m. and Thursday, July 9, from 5 to 7 p.m., people can bring household goods to donate.

New Life will accept drinking glasses, dishes, pots, pans, kitchen utensils, coffee pots, bakeware, sheets,...

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Summer reading launched at library

The Walpole Public Library has launched its 2020 summer reading program. The 2020 theme shared among libraries across the state is "Imagine Your Story." To participate, children can download the summer reading bingo card here. The bingo card can be used by both independent readers or children being read to during the...

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