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Friends of St. Patrick celebrate

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter The Walpole Co-operative Bank did so much for Walpole that for the first time ever, the Friends of St. Patrick named a business as their “Person of the Year.” Giving the award to a business rather than an individual may have been unprecedented, but as Friends of St....
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GOFI celebrates its golden graduates

By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Staff On Sunday, March 10, Walpole High School hosted a graduation. There were no graduation robes, no caps, and no band playing. Instead of human students, there were 15 fluffy golden retrievers celebrating the completion of their training to become fully-fledged service dogs. For those paired with the dogs, it was...
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GOFI to graduate service dogs

On March 10 from 2-4 p.m., service dogs from Golden Opportunities for Independence (GOFI) will graduate at Walpole High School. These dogs have been in training for 18 months and thousands of hours of dedication by their human partners, trainers, volunteers and staff of Golden Opportunities for Independence. gofi-graduation Read more

GOFI grants ‘paw-sitive’ opportunities for disabled

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By Laura Drinan Hometown Weekly Reporter Are you a dog person or a cat person? Pauline Hoegler, the founder of Golden Opportunities for Independence (GOFI) service dog program, undoubtedly is a dog person. For over 20 years, Hoegler has been breeding golden retrievers to compete, training her dogs in agility and obedience. However, after breeding show...
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