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					                           Six Sure Winners To Enjoy This Summer




  Recreation Abounds




   Arts in the Valley




Give & You Shall Receive




Norby Ready for Cruizin’




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Valley Artists & Artisans
A Dialogue by Kari Kline                     never known any boundaries between
   When artists meet, like most crafts-      states or political aspirations. So this
people, they talk a different language.      column will take a tip from the River
Artists speak heart to heart, eye-to-        and cross man-made boundaries as it
eye, disregarding cultural, age barriers     hopefully will serve as a force for
and perhaps least important of all,          unification.
state boundaries.                               An old mill city built at the begin-
    It is the hope of this column that it    ning of what has become known as
will become a dialogue between artist        the Blackstone Valley Corridor,
groups, and artists as individuals,          Worcester became important during
whatever their discipline. It is the         the industrial age, and now has many
fondest wish of the editors of               old mills standing vacant in its midst.
Journeys that this dialogue will broad-      36 Harlow Street, the address of one
en vision and ignite creative fires, and     such mill building, the Sprinkler
touch hearts and souls. It is envi-          Factory, is abuzz with artists. Today it
sioned that this column will begin a         is still the home of the Worcester Arts
sincere dialogue that broaches time          Group (though they will be moving
and distance, to bring together the          soon to Quinsigamond Community
                                                                                        Kristen Kieffer in her studio at Fire Works Gallery in Worcester
artists of Southern New England in a         Center), the Blackstone Print Studio
new, exciting venture as a group, with       and Fireworks, a group of twelve              “The city has been slow to really              east of town.
collective power and push, and most          ceramists, plus other individual artists   put their money where their mouth                    Pastel and monoprint artist Kathy
of all, promise.                             and a theater group upstairs.              is,” she added. “Artists need a benev-            Murray maintains a work space at
    For this first column, we went to           Artist Nina Fletcher who maintains      olent government or a benevolent                  One Ekman Street in the Village. She
Worcester, the place where the               a print studio in the Old Sprinkler        landlord. Artists can’t pay high rent.            says her building is 101 years old,
Blackstone River originates. The river       Factory feels there’s definitely been      Worcester has lots of buildings and               and formerly the home of the Swedish
was the source of power for the early        an increase in profile and visibility in   lots of space. It takes a landlord with           religious group called the Vasa
Industrialists. But for artists, the         the arts during the last five years. Ms.   some vision to put something togeth-              Society. Building owner, Mike
Blackstone River is inspirational for        Fletcher talked about the proposed         er. Everyone complains that there’s no            Keating, originally offered free studio
its beauty, nourishment and efferves-        arts district that was recently redrawn    umbrella organization. Everyone                   space to instructors at the Worcester
cent life-giving support. Today the          by the Mayor.                              dreams of an arts district. But some-             Art Museum, of which Ms. Murray is
river still inspires both artists and nat-   “You don’t have to have an arts dis-       body has to anti up.”                             one. There are now five
uralists to do more to preserve its          trict,” she feels. “Artists scattered         Another area of town that is                   instructor/artists with studios in
ever-flowing beauty. The River has           throughout the city are fine with me.      becoming affiliated with artists is                              continued on page 10
                                                                                        Quinsigamond Village, on the south-


Upton’s Hidden Treasure
by Craig Weinfuss                            School. It is stocked by the
   "You know, I've fished the Swift,         Massachusetts Wildlife and Fisheries
Fife Brook, the Westfield and the            Department with approximately 400
Farmington - all the major trout             trout at 9 different locations along the
streams in Western Mass, but I really        river including the Pleasant St., West
wish there was a stream to fish in my        Hill River Dam, Glenn Ave and
local area," I said to Jim Bender, the       Warren Brook bridges. Jeff LeClaire,
owner of The Lower Forty fly shop in         owner of Fin and Feather Sports in
Worcester.                                   Upton center, also stocks 10 tagged
"Where abouts is home?" Jim asked.           rainbow trout in conjunction with
"Upton, Mass. - a small town most            MassWildlife's Tag's N Trout pro-
                                                                                        Johnny Martin and his fine catch                   Danny Powell and Johnny Martin in 1972
people haven't heard of."                    gram. If you catch one of these spe-
"Have you tried the West?"                   cial trout, LeClaire offers a range of     1941, reminisces back to the days                 game towns before entering the
"The West - is that by me?"                  fishing related prizes. Although the       when he caught upwards of 10 trout                Boston area - not so any more."
"The West? It's in Upton."                   West isn't stocked as much as other        in a single outing on the West; yet, in           Although times have changed, an out-
                                             renowned Mass rivers such as the           those days, he was also hunting bob-              ing to the West is a great way to
   The West River humbly meanders            Swift, trout certainly are caught with     cat in his back yard and proudly                  unwind after a busy day. It brings you
through some of Upton's last surviv-         patience and persistence. I've met         showed me the pictures to prove it.               back to the pastoral Upton with
ing woodlands. It can be accessed            many fishermen who journey all the         "Times have changed," says Johnny,                woods surrounding you on all sides
from West River Street and the bridge        way from Worcester just to fish these      "The increase of housing develop-                 and waterfalls trickling through old
on Pleasant Street near Nipmuc High          secluded waters.                           ments puts a heavy strain on the river.                             continued on page 13
                                                Johnny Martin, an Uptonite since        Upton used to be one of the best
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                                         Calendar of Events
                                       June                                                                          July
  4- US Civil War Re-Enactment -401-726-0597 -Re-enactment of battles                 1 - 10:00 AM  - 1:00 PM Neighborhood Nature at Elm Park
  between Union and Confederate troops during the US Civil War (1861-1865).
                                                                                        Contact: Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary 508-753-6087
  Includes living history interpretations, soldier camps and field hospital.
                                                                                      bmbrook@massaudubon.org Crafts, stories, and nature walks. Ages 4+
  Saturday, 11 am-4 pm, Sunday, 11 am-2 pm. Chase Farm Park, Great Road
  Historical District at Hearthside House, Lincoln, R.I.                              2-30 1:00 PM     - 4:00 PM Historic Great Road Open House
  5 -Early American Trades and Crafts Fair 1-4 p.m.          The entire family will        401-726-0597 “Travel Three Hundred Years in Three Miles.” 1810
                                                                                      Hearthside house (2nd Saturday), the 1687 Eleazer Arnold House (4th
  enjoy costumed interpreters who demonstrate early American trades, includ-
                                                                                      Saturday), the 1694 Valentine Whitman House (first Saturday), the 1704
  ing blacksmithing, tinsmithing, spinning, weaving, basket making, pottery
                                                                                      Friends Meeting House (3rd Saturday), the 1870 William Hannaway
  making, shoemaking and clockmaking. Period lawn games and hands on
                                                                                      Blacksmith Shop, as well as the Wilbur Kelly House in Quinnville.
  activities for children will also be available. Free. Willard Clock House
                                                                                      The Kelly House is open 7 days a week from May through October, and
  Museum, Willard Street, North Grafton. 508-839-3500
                                                                                      the Hannaway Shop is open every Saturday from 9 a.m. – noon for
  10- Gallery Stroll in Uxbridge. Fridays 6-8 p.m. Whimsical and serious art          demonstrations and classes. While there is no charge for the tours, dona-
                                                                                      tions are strongly encouraged. Lincoln, R.I. Call for details.
  and treasures. Over ten shops. www.booksandchocolate.com/stroll/
  15-18 Expedition 2005 - 401-762-0250 John H. Chafee Blackstone River                4 Ancient & Horribles Parade Town of Glocester 401-568-6206
  Valley National Heritage Corridor. Expedition 2005 is a four day paddling           Annual holiday parade featuring local residents who dress up in unique
  and bicycling journey through the Blackstone River Valley from Worcester,           and unusual costumes reflecting current events and contemporary
  MA to Providence, RI. The public is invited to participate in several public        issues.Call for more details. Chepachet village, Route 44, Glocester, RI.
  events and activities during the Expedition. www.expedition05.com
                                                                                      9 Third Annual Celtic Festival - Come celebrate Celtic Traditions and
  18 - Rivers Day at Central Falls Landing 10-noon followed by 1st                    music on a beautiful farm hillside. All day event, many new children’s
  Annual Rivers Sing on the Blackstone from 12:00 noon to dusk at the                 games and activities. Food, nationally known musicians. Glengharry
  Slater Mill Historic Site, and along Roosevelt Avenue, between Main and             Bhoys, much more. www.BlackstoneValley.org
  Exchange Streets, in downtown Pawtucket. The inaugural event, highlighted
  with more than 80 musical performances along the Blackstone River, a Grand          9-10 "The Tragedy of Othello, the moor of Venice" by William
  Sing-A-Free and open to the public. More info, check TourBlackstone.com             Shakespeare Directed by Marty BlackEagle-Carl, FREE - Bring a picnic,
                                                                                      dinner & a show at Whitin Community Center Park, 60 Main St,
  18 - Sidewalk Sale in Charming Downtown Pascoag, Valley wide Yard                   Whitinsville (5:30 pm) Also 7/16,7/17,7/30,7/31 Marty@ 508-272-0111
  Sales, Food, Bargains, Face Painting & More organized by your local
  Downtown Pascoag & Neighborhood Association. 9 - 3 Saturday More Info,              10 (and every Sunday) Cruise along the Blackstone American Heritage
  401-568-2939 Rain Date: June 25th                                                   River aboard the 49-passenger river tour boat Explorer as it offers historic,
                                                                                      scenic and education tours. June through August enjoy the wonders of
  18 - Valley Friendship Tour, 20th Anniversary 8AM – 1PM in                          nature on our "Wilderness Tour" leaving from Central Falls Landing, at
  Whitinsville, MA and Third Annual Health and Wellness Fair. Contact Elaine          the corner of Medeira Ave. Public Tours Sunday at 1, 2, 3, 4pm.
  K. at (508) 234-0853 or www.altrntvs.org/Events/ValleyTour2005/valley-              Group/student tours daily. $7/adults, $6/seniors & children. 401-724-2200
  tour05.html
  19 -The Blackstone Valley Community Concert Band will be performing
                                                                                      10 Sunday Concerts Along the Canal - Enjoy weekly Sunday afternoon
  the 3rd Annual Father's Day Concert at Riverbend Farm on Sunday, June               music concerts at historic River Bend Farm, part of the Blackstone River
  19th at 3:30 PM. Free outdoor concert featuring Broadway show tunes,                & Canal Heritage State Park. Overlooks panoramic span of Blackstone
  patriotic songs, concert marches, Gershwin favorites as songs from the 1930's       American Heritage River. Oak Street, Uxbridge, MA. Free
  and 40's. Oak St., Uxbridge, MA.
                                                                                      27 7:05 PM    International Exhibition Baseball Game 401-724-7300
  22- Hopedale Summer Concert Series 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, 508-478-0929                  info@pawsox.com Special game between Team USA and Team Italy. The
  Hopedale Cultural Council presents series of FREE summertime music con-             historic game will be the finale of a Friendship Series with Italy. McCoy
  certs. Every Wed - August 3, 2005. Hopedale Town Park, Dutchess Street.             Stadium.Pawtucket, RI

  25 Taft Church Family Fair- 9am to 1pm. There will be games, prizes, hot
  dogs, cotton candy and more. Taft Methodist, S. Main Street, Uxbridge, MA.

          Many more local events at www.BlackstoneDaily.com                                  Many more local events at www.BlackstoneDaily.com
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Polish Traditions and Festivities Enliven First Night of Expedition 05
by Ellen Onorato                          each with their own post office, gen-          It is possible to
    Heel and toe and away we go! Get      eral store, varied services and mill      witness the dedication
ready for the Polish festivities cele-    housing. Much of this housing is still    and commitment, the
brating the first night of the            intact - from the mansion of mill         cooperation and gener-
Blackstone Expedition 2005 on June        owner Harry Daw on Depot Street,          ous hearts and efforts
15th. Showcasing the Polish cullture      now renovated beautifully as a private    of this community still
still very much alive in South            home, to the Essek Farnum house or        operating Polish Halls
Grafton, the party is open to the pub-    classic mill housing along English        throughout Uxbridge,
lic and sure to be a blast! With Polish   Row or Orchard Street in South            Blackstone, Webster
band, plenty of kielbasa, golabkis,       Grafton.                                  and of course, in
Polish beer and dancing, this is sure         One of the most significant com-      South Grafton. As a
to get you smiling - and hopping with     munity buildings in South Grafton for     child growing up in the
the fast chasses of the Polka - perhaps   nearly 70 years has been the Polish       1950s in Webster along
even the beloved Beer Barrel Polka!       National Home which continues to fill     the French River, I will The Wisla Band used to play at South Grafton’s Polish National Home
  Though we might hear names with         an important role, both to the proud      forever cherish the charming
more "celebrity" attached, it is very     Polish community as well to the           memories as we danced polkas
clear that such names as Kuras,           broader community. Most Grafton           through the halls of the
Stopyra, Klocek, Gardzina, Obara,         teens have been to dances and often,      Episcopal Church rectory’s
Kuczinski , Matuszek, Rawinski,           showers, private events of all types      with our beloved Polish house-
Wojnar, Huchowski, Wenc, Knapik,          are held at the PNH, as it is lovingly    keeper as radio station WESO
Koziol and others have left a pro-        called by some.                           blared the festive music. These
found imprint upon the hearts of             The commitment of its initial          exuberant, happy traditions
many throughout the Blackstone            founders, filled with a vision, hard      were always well-received at
Valley. The Polish community began        work and personal loans to erect this     our staid, more formal English
their migration to South Grafton,         Home by 1937, is a tribute to the life-   household.
Northbridge, Uxbridge and through-        long spirit of the Polish community.         In addition, the historic
out the French and Blackstone River       Their motto - to work hard and play       Fanumsville Fire Station,           The Emporer historic fire engine housed in South Grafton
Valleys during the late 1800s and         hard led to many memories over the        located a short walk down the                   again on Thursday a.m. for three
early 1900s when Poland was divided       decades, many of which are wonder-        road, will be featuring its beautifully         more days of river kayaking and local
among Prussia, Russia and Austria.        fully recalled in Stasia Obara            renovated 1852 fire engine, the                 evening festivities. Check out
The extreme poverty and lack of hope      Rawinski's and Joe Kuras's book, A        Emporer. This delightful, tiny fire             www.BlackstoneExpedition05.com for
for a decent future in the homeland       History of the Polish American            house and its restored fire engine are          schedule.
led many Poles to cross the ocean         Community of South Grafton, pub-          a tribute to dedicated Grafton individ-
looking to America for a more prom-       lished in 1999. This historic look back   uals giving of their time, money and
ising future.                             provides specific data for ancestry       heart.
    At the same time, the Valley mills    researchers while offering insight into       The first night celebration is open
were humming to capacity and in           the personalities and charming            to the public with officials speaking at
need of more labor. South Grafton’s       moments that exemplified the humor,       the Fisherville mill site in the after-
mills - the Saunders Cotton Mill, the     sense of community and strong heart       noon followed by local Polish cultural
Farnumsville Woolen Mill, and             and hands of generations of Polish        festivities starting at 6:30. About 40
Fisherville (burned down in 1999 but      Americans. Authors Joe Kuras and          officials, citizens and stakeholders
is expected to have a bright future       Stasia Rawinski are still active in the   will be camping out on the grounds of
rebuilt as a mixed use project) were      community and their book is expected      the Polish National Home on
centers of small, cohesive villages -     to be on sale at the June 15th event.     Wednesday eve before starting out




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A Short Blackstone Canal History: The
Significance of the Blackstone Canal to
America's Industrial Development
By Ranger Chuck Arning                             tures readily approved the canal com-               boat, the Lady Carrington, to arrive in
The John H. Chafee Blackstone River                pany's proposition. By 1827, 1,000                  Worcester, sight unseen for he believed
Valley National Heritage Corridor                  Irish workers, skilled canal builders,              that he could market his new purchases
                                                   were employed along the canal route,                by using the speed of the canal boats as
   With the signing of the Treaty of               cutting granite for locks, digging the              an indicator of freshness. So, in all
Paris in 1783, where Great Britain                 trench and building the tow path as the             three newspapers, he placed ads high-
ceded all its North American Territory             canal's progress approached Worcester.              lighting in big bold letters,
with the exception of Canada to the                    In many ways the construction and
fledging new nation, the United States             operation of the Blackstone Canal in                     BY THE CANAL
of America, the joy of its victory for             early Fall of 1828 was a breakthrough                    Nathan Heard has just purchased the            38th Annual Grafton
Independence gave way to the nation's              event. Not only did it revolutionize                     entire
                                                   transportation in the region, move sig-                  Cargo of the
                                                                                                                                                          Antique Show and Sale
need to win an equally important war -
the war for economic independence.                 nificant amounts of goods up and down                    LADY CARRINGTON                               Saturday, June 18, 2005
                                                   the canal creating all kinds of entrepre-                Consisting of SALT and GRAIN,                        On Grafton Common
Not an easy task with much of the new
                                                                                                                                                           Early admission at 9:00 a.m.: $10.00
nation's goods still coming from Great             neurial opportunities, but it also intro-                which he                                      General admission from 10:00 a.m. to
Britain.                                           duced the first major ethnic group to                    Offers for sale on the most reasonable        4:00 p.m.: $5.00 This year’s show fea -
    Of an equal challenge was the abili-           the Blackstone Valley, the Irish. With                   terms,                                       tures 50 exhibitors. Morning and lunch
ty to move goods from one part of the              the arrival of the Canal, the creation of                by the quantity or otherwise.                refreshments will be available. Proceeds
                                                                                                                                                              benefit Willard House and the
country to another. The bulk of the                the first Catholic Church outside of
                                                                                                                                                                  Grafton Historical Soc.
nation's population lay within 50 miles            Boston in the booming Village of                         To the lady of the house, to the pur-         Info, (508) 641-4584 or (508) 839-3500
of the sea. Moving produce and materi-             Worcester took place. With the arrival                   chaser of food products "BY THE
al into the hinterlands from the nation's          of the Canal, the development of                         CANAL" translated into "fresh".
well populated seacoast was costly and             Worcester literally took off with                        Merchant Heard saw a new technology,
exceedingly slow due to the lack of                increases in population, the building of                 a new mode of transportation, the
roads and transportation routes.                                                                                    Blackstone Canal, and envi-
    In 1792, John Brown, ship                                                                                       sioned it as a profoundly new
owner and entrepreneur, and a                                                                                       way to market his goods.
true visionary, proposed the build-                                                                                     Another example of the
ing of a canal from Providence,                                                                                     impact of the Canal on the peo-
Rhode Island through                                                                                                ple of the Blackstone Valley is
Massachusetts, up through New                                                                                       the change in the way the local
Hampshire and Vermont connect-                                                                                      newspapers handled the coming
ing to the Connecticut River and                                                                                    and going of the canal. The three
finally into New York with the                                                                                      papers the National Aegis, the
great North (Hudson) River as its                                                                                   Massachusetts Yeoman and the
destination. This canal would be                                                                                    Massachusetts Spy would, at the
able to move goods deep into the                                                                                    start of the canal era, early
center of the new country. While                                                                                    October of 1828, list the arrival
the Rhode Island Legislation                                                                                        of the canal boats and their con-
enthusiastically endorsed the con-                                                                                  tents in quite general terms. Salt
cept, the Massachusetts State                                                                                       and Grain, Molasses, timber, etc.
Legislature, based in Boston, in                                                                                    By December of the same year,
1796 saw the canal as an econom-                                                                                    1828, each newspaper would
ic threat and defeated enabling        Recreational use of the old canal seen today at River Bend Farm in Uxbridge have their own column dedicat-
legislation. As the local paper                                                                                     ed to reporting what arrived and
reported that if a canal were to connect         a downtown district around the canal,                      what departed from the Port of
the City of Providence with Worcester            the building of adjacent mills that                        Worcester. Some columns were called
in the central part of the state, "Boston        would capitalize on the availability of                    "Inland Navigation" or "Blackstone
would become nothing more than an                the new transportation route, and the                      Canal Navigation" or even "Marine
insignificant fishing village."                  development of new products. True                          Intelligence", but it was clear that what
    The canal concept lay dormant until          entrepreneurial opportunities emerged                      came up the canal and what went down
construction began on the first major            with the completion of the canal.                          the canal was important to all. Here are
segment of the Erie Canal in 1817.                    One good example of these "entre-                     a few examples:
With the entire nation witnessing the            preneurial opportunities" is the story of                  Blackstone Canal Navigation
beginning of this highly successful              Nathan Heard, a Worcester merchant                         Friday, April 24
operation, the prospect of building the          who saw the canal as a great way to                        Arrived, Canal Boat, Rhode Island,
Blackstone Canal was, once again, res-           market his goods. He bought the entire                                     continued on page 14
urrected. This time both state legisla-          contents of the first Blackstone Canal

Personal Recollections of
Collecting Antiques by Nan Haven
   I have always had a passion for                ing to know the subtle differences on
antiques. I have been a flea market and           markings for pottery, porcelain or old
yard sale junkie for over 40 years.               items or reproductions.
Every Saturday and Sunday, my kids                   Due to Ebay or Roadshow Antiques,
and I would travel throughout the state           people are more aware of what they
to find garage sales and flea markets             have now. I am now 79 years old and
from Grafton to Norton or Brimfield.              continue to have a booth at Douglas
The collecting culminated in a move to            Flea Market but I still get to yard sales
Upton in the mid-seventies and the                and have some items posted on Ebay!
opening of our own shop, Boulder                  Two years ago, I bought a Moorcroft
Farm Antiques, located in the historic            vase for $2 and had it appraised at
Silo Barn.                                        Skinners Auction for $1000! That’s
    Research has always been impor-               what keeps me going....excited to find
tant. Staying ahead of trends in collect-         another valuable antique treasure!
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                                                            Give Unto Others
                                                                A great farm experience while        Ferraro who were inspired
                                                            learning how to plant, weed or           by the late Bill and Rose
                                                            harvest vegetables is a joy itself,      Abbott of Hopkinton’s
                                                            but when coupled with the under-         Elmwood Farm. Ken and
                                                            lying gift of your time to do unto       Peg are involved with a
                                                            others makes it that much more           broad cross-section of
                                                            inspiring. The Community Harvest         endeavors - all of which
                                                            Project is a nonprofit, volunteer        make the community and                 to the farm and help out! Come
                                                            farming organization based at the        region a richer place. They were       join the friendly volunteers com-
                                                            Brigham Hill Community Farm in           honored in 2004 as recipients of       mitted to “food for the needy”
                   Destinations                             North Grafton, MA and Elmwood            the Heritage Corridor award for
Boys & Girls Clubs - BV Boys & Girls Club, 115 Canal St.,
                                                                                                                                            being grown on the 11 beautiful
                                                            Farm in Hopkinton, MA. In 2003,          their bold leadership and vision       acres in North Grafton, surround-
Blackstone 508-883-6363; Woonsocket's Boys & Girls Club,
35 George St. 401-766-9242                                  over 35,000 pounds of vegetables         which led to the collaborative pur-    ed by a new barn and learning
Cumberland-Lincoln B&G's Club, 1 James McKee Way,           were grown and distributed to 280        chase of 61A land known as             center also used by many com-
Cumberland 401-333-4850                                     hunger relief organizations              Hassanemessit, the historic place      munity groups.
Whitin Center, 60 Main Street, Whitinsville, 508-234-8184   throughout the County. 2004 vol-         where John Eliot established an             People interested in volun-
www.ourgym.org The Hab - 374 West Street, Uxbridge,         unteers donated even more ton-           Indian Praying village over 350        teering at either of the Community
508-278-9888. Sports and Recreation. www.thehab.com         nage of fresh vegetables, such as        years ago.The rare opportunity of      Harvest Project farms in North
YMCA/YWCA-4 Valente Dr, Westboro (508) 870-1320 / 75        tomatoes, broccoli, squash and           finding such fine mentors only         Grafton or Hopkinton may contact
Shore Drive, Worcester,(508) 852-6694                       much more.                               underscores the wonderful, helpful     Volunteer Coordinator Ken Dion
766 Main Street, Worcester, (508)755-6101                       Give unto others seems to be         environment and committed role         at the farm hotline, (508) 839-
1 Salem Sq, Worcester, 01608 - (508) 791-3181               the credo which guides the volun-        that the Brigham Hill Community
also Woonsocket, Pawtucket                                                                                                                  7402 Ext. 1. More information is
                                                            teers at the Farm, particularly its      Barn plays in the Valley. College      available on the web at www.com-
Bowling - Church St., Whitinsville, candlepin bowl, pool    owners, Ken Crater and Peg               students, families, elderly, or ele-   munity-harvest.org.
games, also Shrewsbury, Rte 9                                                                        mentary students all love to come
Breezy Water Slides - 520 NW Main St., Douglas 888-821-
6222                                                        Native Turtles Need Our Help                                                                             Box Turtle
Broadmeadow Brook Audubon Society, 414 Massasoit                                                                                                                     (on left)
                                                            by Jim Gass                              afternoon, and as we turned a
Road, Worcester, MA 01604 508-753-6087 400 acres of                                                                                                                  and Wood
marsh, fields, trails, vacation programs                       My wife and I were taking an          bend in the river, noticed a medi-
                                                                                                                                                                     Turtle
                                                             afternoon hike at one of Mass           um-sized turtle sunning itself on                               (Below)
Ecotarium, 222 Harrington Way, Worcester, MA 01604 ,                                                 the riverbank. At first we thought
(508) 929-2700 www.ecotarium.org
                                                             Audubon’s larger wildlife sanctu-
                                                             aries last fall, and a pleasant but     it was a young snapping turtle.
Higgins Armory, 100 Barber Avenue, Worcester, MA, 508-       otherwise uneventful walk was           But upon closer inspection we
853-6015 www.higgins.org                                                                             realized it was a wood turtle, an
                                                             about to come to an end. Or so we
Skating - Inside -Hogan Rink- Auburn, Lake Ave Rink-         thought.                                older fellow, the second or third
Worcester, Outside - River Island Park , Market Square,         Rounding a corner on the return      one that I had ever seen. He was
Woonsocket Skiing - Ward Hill, 1000 Main Street                                                      half asleep. We took a few pic-
Shrewsbury, MA 01545 508-842-6346 - Wachusett
                                                             trail, we noticed a small but color-
Mountain, 499 Mountain Rd, Princeton, MA 01541 978-464- ful object slowly making its way
                                                                                                     tures, and then left him on the
2300                                                         across the forest floor. It was an      warm mud to finish his nap.            resemble little pyramids. The plas-
                                                             eastern box turtle, a species of tor-      Box and wood turtles are easy       tron is yellow with black mark-
Craft Center -25 Sagamore Road,Worcester                                                                                                    ings. Unlike a box turtle, a wood
508-753-8183 www.worcestercraftcenter.org                    toise that has become increasingly      to identify if you are lucky
                                                             hard to find in southern New            enough to find one. Box turtles        turtle’s neck and lower forelimbs
Worcester Art Museum -55 Salisbury St., Worc.
                                                             England. It offered no resistance       have a highly domed upper shell        are bright orange. As with all tur-
www.worcesterart.org 508-799-4406                                                                                                           tles, the males of both species can
                                                             as I picked it up, not even with-       (or carapace) about 4-6 inches
Museum of Work & Culture, French culture, Market             drawing into its shell. Perhaps it      long, shaped something like a hel-     be identified by their concave
Square, Woonsocket - (401)769-WORK
                                                             was used to being handled by hik-       met. The bottom shell (plastron) is    plastrons.
Powder Mill Ledges - Audubon. 12 Sanderson Road (Rt. 5),     ers over the years and had become       essentially flat and hinged at both       Box turtles are strictly terrestri-
Smithfield, RI (401) 949-5454                                tame (box turtles can live to be        ends, allowing the turtle to close     al. They are found in open wood-
                                                             100 years old or more). We took a       up tightly like a box, the unique      lands, fields, or meadows, but
Zoo - Southwick’s,2 Southwick Street, Mendon, MA Open                                                                                       often turn up near water, especial-
April 508-883-9182 www.southwickszoo.com or                  minute to admire the subtle shades      trait that gives this species its
Roger Williams Park Zoo -1000 Elmwood Avenue, Prov.,         of orange and yellow on its shell,      name. The color of a box turtle’s      ly in hot weather. Their home
www.rogerwilliamsparkzoo.org 401-785-3510                    then placed it in the woods far off     carapace is variable, but it is usu-   range is very small, generally 150-
                                                                                                     ally dark brown to black with yel-     750 feet in diameter, and they
Slater Mill -67 Roosevelt Ave, Pawtucket, 0 - (401) 725-8638 the trail. This beautiful reptile,
www.slatermill.org - History                                 ambling unconcernedly through           low or orange blotches. The plas-      won’t move much beyond it
                                                             the woods, was one of the few           tron can be olive, yellow, or          except to breed. Having said this,
Children’s Museum - 100 South Street in Providence’s Jewelry                                                                                relocating or moving a box turtle
District. (401) 273-KIDS, www.childrenmuseum.org.            wild box turtles I had ever seen.       orange.
                                                                Another chance encounter with           Wood turtles are generally larg-    can kill it, as these slow-moving
Outdoors - Purgatory Chasm State Park                        an even more rare species of turtle     er than box turtles. Their carapace    animals may attempt to cross a
 Douglas State Park and Wallum Lake, Upton State Park,
                                                             happened when I least expected it.      is about 5-10 inches long, and is      busy road in an effort to return
Diamond Hill Reservation, Lincoln Park - go to                                                                                              home. After the first hard frost,
                                                             We were paddling our favorite           varying shades of brown. It’s also
www.BlackstoneDaily.com for more info and lists
                                                                                                     more sculpted, having highly                             continued on page 12
                                                             river in Rhode Island one July
                                                                                                     ridged plates called “scutes” that
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                                                        Sure Winners For All To Enjoy
                                                        writer Kara Howland, go to              events, including free Sunday sum-
                                                        www.BlackstoneDaily.com/purg.h          mer concerts.This is a great place
                                                        tm.                                     to stroll or kayak along the Canal
                                                          Lookout Rock, seen in the             or River or merely watch the birds,
                                                        front cover photo (with teens)          and quite possibly a blue heron
                                                        overlooks the winding River             while picnicking. This State Park
                                                        Valley that changes dramatically        and Visitors Center is the renovated
                                                        from season to season. A short          Voss Dairy Farm with an upstairs
                                                        walk up from accessible gravel          exhibit telling the story of farm to
                                                        parking to some overhanging             factory history within the Valley.
                                                        boulders is a great spot for quiet      The entire 1000 acres from pictur-
                                                        solitude and scenic beauty.             esque Rice City Pond and the old
                                                        Walking paths south to Goat Hill,       arch bridge along the canal to River    geous site. July 16th’s Mule and
                                                        River Bend Farm or north to             Bend and then south, along the          Donkey Show is a family treat
   Purgatory Chasm is a great family spot for           Plummers Landing can keep you           canal to Stanley Woolen Mill            while the views from the house are
picnicking, playground fun or rock climbing. It is      absorbed for several hours.             exudes history in both scenic and       just magnificent. Nearby, Whittier
easily accessible off Rte 146 between Sutton and        Located with sign on scenic Old         industrial form truly capturing the     Farms’ views and farmstand is a
Northbridge. A deep chasm about a 1/4 mile long         Quaker Highway, Northbridge.            Blackstone experience                   perfect stop for bikers and boost for
of cliffs reaching 70 feet high was created natural-       River Bend Farm on Oak                   Waters Farm in Sutton, pictured     agritourism. For a list of Farm
ly about 14,000 years ago. For a full story by          Street in Uxbridge has wonderful        on the front cover is another gor-      Stands and Farmers Market, go
                                                                                                                                        to:www.BlackstoneDaily.com
History and Recreation Intertwine in the Valley
   Millville Lock, the only intact lock     Park volunteer. This free tour begins       to almost 100 feet over the river. It is
left of the Blackstone Canal, has cap-      at 2:00 PM and lasts about an hour and      fascinating to find the marker dividing
tured many hearts, particularly when        half. Most of the trail is flat, but wear   the states of R.I./MA and the commu-
you fully understand the history which      sturdy walking shoes, bring water,          nities of Blackstone and Woonsocket.
brings to light the granite Canal, the      insect repellent and your camera.           Historically, as taxes in MA grew, the
rusted Triad railroad towering above           Meet at the parking lot across from      mill moved a few hundred yards to be
the quiet woods whose bright hopes          St. John’s Church, Hope St., Millville,     built in more tax-friendly R.I. about a
were diminished with the Balkan War         MA. For more information about this         century ago.
and the sinking of the Titanic. Strolling   program from the Blackstone River               The Park is open sunrise to sunset
down this quiet path, one would hardly      Valley NHC, please call 401-762-            with easy parking. Follow Rte. 122
realize its significance in days past. Go   0440.                                       south through Millville into
online                                                                                  Blackstone. Turn right on County
http://www.blackstonedaily.com/mil-           Blackstone Gorge is very close by         Road, following signs to the Gorge.
lvillelock.htm or better yet, enjoy a       and worth a visit, too! One of the          There is limited parking at the end of
fascinating guided tour on these dates:     wildest parts of the Blackstone River,      the street; trails are left of Roaring
June 4 & 5 / July 2 & 3 / August 6 &        usually with some rapids, it is shown       Dam. For more great sites/events, visit
7 / September 3 & 4 / October 1 & 2         to the right in an abnormally dry state.    www.BlackstoneDaily.com.
with a JHC National Heritage Corridor       As you walk alongside, the cliffs rise


                                                               Incredible Events Range From Woonsocket’s
                                                               Cruizin’ to Grafton’s Authentic Indian Fair
                                                                CRUIZIN ON MAIN STREET               Park concerts or go back for an       from 10-4 PM at the
                                                                                                     unforgettable Sunday tour of St.      Hassanamisco Nipmuc
                                                                  Woonsocket’s Main Street and       Ann’s little “Sistine Chapel” - a     Reservation, 80 Brigham Hill
                                                                historic Market Square really        mecca for art lovers with mag-        Road in Grafton. This Native
                                                                come alive every Wednedsay           nificent frescoes and stained         American Fair features Indian
                                                                evening from 5:30-8:30 p.m.          glass windows.401-767-3777.           crafts, drumming, dances and
                                                                (6/1-8/17) as scores, and some-      www.BlackstoneDaily.com/ann.htm       ceremonies and native vendors.
                                                                times hundreds of classic and                                              This 4 acre parcel is the only
                                                                custom cars cruise into town.        HASSANAMISCO FAIR                     land perpetually owned by
                                                                These beauties attract up to 3000      The 52nd annual Nipmuc              Native Americans in
                                                                spectators each week. For fun,       Nation’s Native American              Massachusetts.
                                                                raffles, music, prizes - contact     Indian Fair has been set by
                                                                Norby 401-767-9282.                  Nipmuc Nation Chief                   For more details and get updates, go to
                                                                  While in Woonsocket, don’t         Natachaman Walter Vickers,            www.BlackstoneDaily.com/bhind.htm
   For a comprehensive event calendar, go to                                                                                               and for a fascinating local Indian story
                                                                miss the historic Museum of          who will preside over the day’s       ww.blackstonedaily.com/mishoon.htm
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                                               Key To Map Locations:             12 - Wild Bird Gardens E3
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                                                1 - Grafton Inn
                                                1 - Grafton Country Store D7
                                                1 - Tuscan Rose D7
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                                                2 - Carry It Off With Style D8
                                                                                 12 - Dimensional Hair E3
                                                                                 13 - Country Traditions
                                                                                      Candles F3
                                                                                 14 - Bernat Mills Complex F2
                                                                                 14 - Bittersweet Hollow F2
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                                                4 - National Gallery B4
                                                5 - Keown's Orchards C5
                                                6 - 1836 Antiques C6
                                                7 - West End Creamery D4
                                                                                 14 - The Artists Palette F2
                                                                                 14 - Frame Sense F2
                                                                                 14 - Gymnastics Place F2
                                                                                 14 - Through The
                                                                                      Looking Glass F2
                                                                                                                Park Area known as the Blackstone
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                                                9 - Blackstone Books - E4             & Pie Shop F2
                                               10 - The Welcoming Lantern E4     16 - Books & Books F2
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                                               11 - Emily Bs - Quit n Time E3                                   vista or perhaps a contemplative        ping mall, connected by state parks,
                                                                                                                walk along the banks of a renewed       museums and any number of quiet
                                                                                                                and restored Blackstone Canal tow-      surprises. The combination of sce-
                                                                                                                path?                                   nic diversions and small, unique
                                                                                                                   On any given day the landscape       shops sprinkled throughout the
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Dialogue with Artists,                                                                     continued


the building. Bill Griffith, who taught            ment, time commitment and cama-                       shows. As an artist,
Mr. Keating, now has a studio in the               raderie with other artists.                           he says, if he were
building. Master Printmaker, Kerry                   He likes to sculpt what he calls “earth             to go to find a good
Manahan, and painter, Randy LeSage,                moving vehicles”, which include dump                  show, he’d head
make up the five artists who currently             trucks, graders, road construction, and               either to the Rhode
share the space.                                   any machines that literally are used to               Island School of
   Ann McTigue, Director of Arts                   move the earth. He says he likes to                   Design or the
Worcester, which is located in the Main            study the relationship people have to                 Chelsea area of
South area of town, keeps a very active            their landscape. “How we associate our-               New York City
member and artists mailing list for peo-           selves with places we know. How geol-                 right now.
ple desiring to purchase artists work, as          ogy and humanity shapes us. He sees                      But there are        Fire Works Gallery space (top) and wheel supplies below
well as grants, or artists just wanting to         trucks, in his work, as an extension of               good sites to be
connect with other artists. The Center             human hands.                                          seen in Worcester.
holds various workshops on how artists                “Growing up in New England in a                    All the colleges in
can make it in the business world. In              rural suburban area, where there were                 Worcester, for
the words of Ms. McTigue, “How to                  lots of hiking opportunities, railroad                instance, have good
grow as artists.”                                  tracks and grist mill foundations this                galleries, and this
“Art shapes life,” she adds.                       became ingrained into my mind. This                   includes Clark
   Director since 1998, Ms. McTigue                was my place identity. I used to think                University,
says she’d like to see a lot more collab-          about what lives were led by the people               Quigsigamond
oration between cultural organizations.            who created these stonewalls for                      Community
Main South is the area that the City of            instance. It’s a snapshot in time.”                   College, Holy
Worcester had designated as its cultural           “Its not everyone who would choose                    Cross, and the
center. Ms. McTigue says, “Main South              this uncertain of a lifestyle,” he says. “I           Worcester
area is blighted, it is a repository of            find it’s something within me that needs              Polytechnic School.
vice. Lots of low income families live             answering. Whenever I’ve worked for a                 Additionally, the
here. Forty one percent don’t speak                paycheck, I’ve been dissatisfied. I                   Worcester Art
English, so they don’t vote. There are             always felt like there was something                  Museum has rotat-
currently very few artists working in              else I should be doing.”                              ing exhibits, and
Main South. Somebody has to support                   Although he feels there are lots of                hosts classes. The
the concept of a cultural district.                really good artists working in and                    Worcester Public Library also displays
Somebody has to buy into the vision.               around the mills in Worcester, he identi-             the work of local artists.
You get back what you give.”                       fies the need for more awareness as the                  A visit to this city shows that change,
   Arts Worcester has its own 2,000                most pertinent to the survival of the arts            both artistic and geographic, is preva-
square foot gallery, which Ms. McTigue             in the area. He definitely feels there is a           lent. The city of Worcester, is a mass of
says hosts new shows every six to eight            need for some sort of public education                construction, with new connectors, and
weeks, including both artist member                that could lead to a more keen aware-                 far-reaching proposals which include a
and non-members.                                   ness about the area arts.                             new Visitors’ Center and the Worcester
  Established in 1856, the Worcester               “There aren’t any fine art galleries in               Historical Museum both moving into
Center for Crafts is the oldest school for         town (Worcester). We need more of                     the old Washburn & Moen wire-making
crafts in the country. Today the Center            that,” he says. We need a venue, he                   factory in Quigsigamond Village. Soon
holds classes in ceramics, wood, metals            said, and people who could coordinate                 the Blackstone River, today hidden
and jewelry, weaving and fiber arts, and           that so that the public could experience              between industrial sites, will again
photography, and also has a gallery and            the wealth of talent that exists under-               emerge and be visible to all. The City at
retail shop. They also have visiting               ground.                                               the beginning of the mighty Blackstone,
artists’ workshops, and an artist-in-resi-             He refers to former Mayor Cianci’s                is clearly once again in flux, changing,
dence program. Ceramic sculptor,                   help for the arts in Providence, RI, as a             and reshaping its destiny. The river
Joseph Fastaia, is currently serving a             good example, and figures the members                 itself, however, will still continue to
ten-month artist in residency program at           of the city council and directors of                  flow as it has for many, many decades
the Worcester Center for Arts and                  existing facilities and area colleges                 carrying with it memories of
Crafts.                                            could coordinate some city wide events.               humankind’s past, and hopes for the
  He calls the program “fantastic” and               Although the Worcester Center for the               future.
“great” and views the Craft Center as              Arts has a gallery, he feels that the gen-
invaluable, due to the available equip-            eral public does not really attend the
ART GALLERIES- Massachusetts                       Bert Gallery - 540 South Water St, Prov 401-751-     Gallery Z - 17 Amherst St, Prov, 4-1-454-8844 T-
Worcester Art Museum / Rhode School of             2628 /Blackstone Art Gallery - 68 South Main St,     Fri 12-5
Design Collection / Holy Cross' Bridges to Art /   Market Square, Woonsocket, RI 356-0902               Get the Picture Gallery - 147 Resevoir Ave,
LeCouture Design Art Gallery - Manchaug, MA /      /Blackstone River Theatre - 549 Broad St,            Lincoln M-F 9-6, Sat 10-5
Wild Bird Gardens Art Gallery - Linwood, MA/       Cumberland 725-9272 Foyer Exhibits                   Hegeman & Co Gallery - 361 South Main St,
Court Street Gallery, Uxbridge / Art Effects,      David Winton Bell Gallery - Brown University's       Prov 401-831-6812
Uxbridge / Craft Center, Worcester                 List art center, 64 College St., Prov M-F 11-4, S-   International Gallery for Heritage & Culture, 645
ART GALLERIES - Rhode Island                       S 1-4, 401-863-2932                                  Elmwood, Prov 401-784-4620
Ann Mary Brown Memorial Library, 21 Brown          Gallery Agniel - 409 Pine St., 2nd fl., Prov 401-    JH Rowbottom Fine Art, 1590 Mendon Rd,
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The Indian Ghost of Tar-kiln
by Thomas M. D'Agostino                     every visit. One of the gifts was a       buried, it seems that
   Historic Blackstone Valley ranks         beautiful shell necklace that Hannah      Hannah still does not
among the nation’s most important           swore she would never remove from         rest. Many of the local
places in the growth of our great           her neck. Soon after, John Burke was      swain have seen her
country. The region’s history is illus-     at Hannah’s door with a proposal of       ghost roaming the
trious with great founders and inven-       marriage. Hannah graciously accepted      woods in search of her
tors that helped shape the communi-         and the Walmsley brothers became          lost love and necklace.
ties we live in today. When one men-        infuriated. They hid their anger from     Residents say they have
tions Blackstone Valley, it conjures up     the two for they had other plans that     witnessed her ghost dur-
images of factories and commerce            were more evil than one could ever        ing various hours of the
along the river named after the first       imagine.                                  day and night. A few of
white settler to the area, Reverend             On September 18, 1831, the couple     the members at the           Horsehead Trail in Tarkiln as it exists today
William Blackstone. They often tend         made ready to leave for Vermont. The      Woonsocket Sportsman’s Club, which           name was also never mentioned, was
to shade from their mind the beautiful      Walmsley brothers gave them a small       is now located on Horse Head Trail           the one who killed her with the shot-
scenic back roads, woodlands, and           celebration with much drink and mer-      have attested to seeing the Indian           gun. He died before they were caught.
farms that still command most of the        riment. The couple then left for Log      maiden’s spirit wandering around the         This would account for why he was
areas domain. There is another side of      Road. When they got to the corner of      woods near the trail as if in search of      hanged for the murder of John Burke
the surrounding area that many leave        Log Road and Horse Head Trail, the        something. When they confront the            only. It could also account for the
for dark nights when the dim light of       two brothers overtook them and bru-       apparition it vanishes before their          voice in the woods that seemed to say
the lantern flame dances on the wall        tally beat them. John Burke ran east      eyes.                                        “My Justice.” Gives you something to
and shadows pass silently along the         down the trail for a few hundred             Lifetime resident Beth Williams           think about.
outer expanse of the room.                  yards but was caught and beheaded         encountered the spirit several times            If it was the spirit of Hannah
   Yes, it is the ghosts of the Valley.     with an ax. They then caught up to        while on the old trail. The first time it    Franke I encountered that day, then I
There are many tales and accounts of        Hannah who had run in the other           scared the wits out of her and a             am one of the many who have wit-
haunted houses, graveyards, wooded          direction and shot her with a shotgun.    cousin she was with. After that she          nessed the Indian ghost who is
areas, and factories all ripe with histo-   In the scuffle, her beloved necklace      got accustomed to the idea of the            doomed to eternally roam the woods
ry and restless spirits. One of the         was ripped from her neck and lost in      ghost and even dubbed her “The               of Tarkiln in search of her lost suitor
most famous accounts is the story of        the woods. She crawled up against a       Indian Princess.” She would witness          and beloved necklace. She is now an
Hannah Franke and John Burke.               great pine tree where she was later       the wraith several more times while          embraced figure in the eyes of the
    Back in the early nineteenth centu-     found by searchers.                       residing in the area.                        locals who will on occasion watch for
ry, there lived an Indian maiden               The evil deed attracted national          My wife and I have visited the area       the Indian maiden wandering the
named Hannah Franke who was a               attention and soon it was discovered      numerous times as we live in one of          woods in search for the two things
housekeeper for Amasa E. Walmsley.          who had carried out such a terrible act   the historic homes of Tar-Kiln (now          that brought her happiness and tragi-
They lived in the Tar-Kiln section of       against the loving couple. The truth      pronounced Tarkiln). Several times           cally, an early departure.
Burrillville, Rhode Island. At that         came out when Mr. J.D. Nichols            we took voice recordings in the
time Tar-Kiln was a very busy place         coerced his housekeeper, a sister of      woods near the trail and even pictures        The author, Thomas D’Agostino, is a
having four factories, a tannery, a         the Walmsleys, to come clean. Amasa       but unfortunately there was no evi-           paranormal investigator and histori-
gristmill, a bank, and even the biggest     Walmsley was arrested for the mur-        dence of Hannah Franke’s ghost in             an who lives in the Tarkiln section.
library and best schoolhouse in all         ders. His brother died in a fall from     any of the recordings or photographs.         He has also written another fasci-
Burrillville. For a small back-wooded       an oxcart before he could be brought      The only uncanny experience I wit-            nating historical article on the dis-
area, Tar-Kiln boasted about two hun-       to justice. The couple was given a        nessed was while taking pictures in           appearance of the bones of William
dred people strong. This number has-        proper burial by friends and neighbors    the woods. As I focused the camera a          Blackstone, first white pioneer of the
n't really changed all that much over       on the spot where they found the          loud whisper came from directly               Blackstone Valley who settled at
the last two centuries.                     Indian maiden. Two field stones were      behind me and I saw something move            Study Hill, part of Cumberland, R.I.
   A peddler from Vermont named             shaped to resemble grave stones and       out of the corner of my eye. I spun           For this true mystery, go online to
John Burke would wander through the         smoothed on one side. The stones still    quickly but there was nothing there. It       BlackstoneDaily.com/wm.htm
prosperous little hamlet selling his        sit to this day among the brush five      was late afternoon and the woods are
wares to the townsfolk. That is when        hundred feet west of Log Road across      sparse enough where there is no cover
he met Hannah Franke. He immedi-            from the WLKW towers on private           for a person to hide so quickly. There
ately fell in love with the Indian          property.                                 was no noise to the figure I thought I
maiden and a courtship followed. The            On April 3, 1832, Amasa E.            saw. The whisper seemed to sound
Walmsley brothers, being full-blooded       Walmsley was sentenced by Chief           like it said, “My Justice.” I later
Indian themselves dissented the             Justice Eddy to “be Hanged By The         thought it could have been the Indian
mixed relationship and forbade              Neck TILL YOU ARE DEAD! And               maiden saying, “My Necklace.” I was
Hannah to see John Burke. At one            may God have mercy on your soul.”         not sure of the actual diction as it
point they even forced him from their       On June 1, 1832, the sentence was         happened so fast and left me briefly
property.                                   carried out near Fields Point in          taken aback. As I later researched the
   This did not deter the peddler, who      Providence. It was the first hanging      records of the case I found that in the
though infrequent to the area,              carried out by the state of Rhode         1832 sentencing, Hannah’s name is
remained persistent in his conviction       Island.                                   not mentioned. Perhaps it had come
giving her a token of his affection on         Although the couple has long been      out that the brother of Amasa, whose
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Potpourri
by Jane Keown Oliver                       became the focus of the rest of their      field to sell as fresh bunches both at
                                           lives together, it was appropriate that    the farm and at farmer's markets. I
    Spring is moving along nicely,         they spent their first time on the farm    experiment with new ones every year,
with its usual compliment of rain and      together in the midst of the hopeful-      and some become favorites and a few
sunshine, frost warnings and windy         ness of the apple blossoms. Without        become "also ran's." This year I am
days. The greenhouses have filled up       the flowers, there would be no crop.       intrigued by a new cilantro from Viet
with growing plants, and we have had       On my to-do list: drive up to the          Nam....it grows for the entire season
to empty them of hardier and larger        Greenings and check out the bloom.         and doesn't need constant replanting.
stock. On the nights of the frost              It has become our custom on            It is quite exotic-looking, having two-
                                                                                                                                Editor: Not the Author’s family photo but one that
warnings, all the tender plants have to    Father's Day to hold an annual Herb        toned leaves in maroon and green.         recalls similar pastimes
be loaded onto trucks to keep them         Weekend at the farm. The herbs were        Maybe this will become a new staple         that, we try to keep a high energy
safe from the burning of the cold air.     my addition to the product list, since I   in my annual herb garden. [It obvi-         level as we continue to prepare for the
In the early morning, they are off-        have been growing them personally          ously won't overwinter in our climate,      new season. In the back of my mind,
loaded onto the plant tables, and we       for over twenty years now. I learned       coming as it does from southeast            I think of my parents, and how their
keep a watch on the weather predic-        to cook from my mother, and she            Asia!]                                      life on the farm gave me my life on
tions to see if a repeat is needed for     used many dried herbs to spice up her           As the summer progresses, the          the farm. As I seed and transplant,
the next night. On my wish-list: a         dishes. I like to use fresh herbs          work will increase. Planting will give      plant and pick, I remember riding in
new hoop house.                            whenever possible, although I remem-       way to harvest, and everyone will be        the back of the ‘56 Ford pickup
     It occurred to me that both           ber the days when I had herbs drying       busy making the most of the good            [when it was still its original green
Mother's Day and Father's Day are          in two of the upstairs bedrooms in the     weather. It is interesting to note that     color] to go out to the Greening block
celebrated in the spring. Since new        farmhouse, making the place seem           Grandparent's Day comes in                  to view the apple blossoms. My
life in the natural world comes in the     close to the way I imagine heaven          September [the autumn of life?], just       mother enjoyed seeing them every
spring, it makes sense to honor the        will smell. I would crumble the dried      as the pace at the farm reaches the         year, and Dad enjoyed showing them
scions of our families at that time of     leaves and store them in mason jars in     hectic stage. We have more work and         to her. We kids were along just for
year. Mother's Day weekend usually         a dark cupboard, allowing me to sea-       fewer daylight hours, and it some-          the ride: now I guess Artie and I are
coincides with the apple bloom, and I      son all my winter dishes just like my      times feels as if we won't be able to       in the driver's seat. The view is still
always recall my mother's story of         mother. Now we have access to fresh        get everything done on time. But            grand, and the work is still worth it.
visiting the farm on the first time on     herbs year-round in most supermar-         most things are accomplished before         Despite the many herbal fragrances I
May 10, 1941. Bloom was nearly             kets, so I haven't bothered to dry         the first fall frost.                       have added during the years, the pot-
over, but Dad took her on a tour of        herbs lately [notwithstanding the fact          But right now we are still con-        pourri of my life still smells strongly
the Greening block, since this variety     that the "drying rooms" have reverted      cerned with the question of whether         of apple blossoms.
is one of the latest to flower. She got    to use as bedrooms by Artie and            or not we have seen the last spring           Now it's time to get back to the
a similar ride on Mother's Day for the     Christine's lively children!] We have a    frost, and whether there has been           greenhouse and see what sprouted
next fifty-one years. [I guess the first   wide-variety of herbs for sale at the      much damage in the orchard from the         during the night. Time is flying, and
tour was a success!] Since the farm        farm, and I plant many kinds in the        frost last week. What with this and         there's still a lot to be done.


Native Turtles, continued from page 6
adults burrow up to two feet into          rivers to hibernate. Little is known       threaten the species if
loose soil, mud or stream bank to          about this species’ home range.            allowed to continue
hibernate. They re-emerge in early             Wood turtles are omnivorous.           unchecked, or which occur
spring.                                    Grass, moss, berries, fungi, insects,      in such small numbers or
    Box turtles consume a variety of       worms, slugs, snails, fish and tadpoles    with such restricted distri-
food items. Younger turtles and hatch-     are taken depending on the season.         bution or specialized habi-
lings are primarily carnivorous, forag-    They will feed both in water and on        tat requirements that they
ing for earthworms, slugs, snails, and     land.                                      could easily become
insect larvae. Adults are mostly vege-         Unfortunately, box and wood tur-       threatened within
tarian, feeding on leaves, grass, bugs,    tles are declining in southern New         Massachusetts.”
berries, fruit, and fungi. Blackberries    England. In Rhode Island, they are             If we are not careful,
and raspberries are box turtle             listed as “protected” (P) by the           these beautiful and unique                  separate itself from its shell, neither
favorites.                                 Department of Environmental                creatures may disappear for good.           can we separate what we do to the
    Wood turtles were previously           Management’s Division of Fish and          Slow moving and late to reach sexual        Earth.”
thought to be entirely terrestrial, but    Wildlife, which means that it is illegal   maturity, box and wood turtles are no          So if you are lucky enough to
recent research suggests that slow-        to possess one without a permit.           match for a busy highway or a hous-         come across a box or wood turtle
moving rivers and streams with sandy       Wood turtles are also considered a         ing development. Because they are           slowly making its way through the
bottoms are equally as important. In       “species of interest” (SI), meaning        popular as pets, local turtle popula-       woods, admire it for a little while, and
fact, wood turtles are excellent swim-     that although they are not listed as       tions are being devastated or com-          then put it back in the wild -- where it
mers. Often found basking on the           State Endangered or State Threatened,      pletely destroyed by collectors. It may     belongs.
banks of these waterways, they also        they occur in only ten or fewer sites      take centuries for their numbers to
sometimes wander through the woods         throughout the state.                      recover. Clearly, we need to be more
during the summer, perhaps account-            In Massachusetts, both turtles are     aware of how our actions affect these,      James Gass is a teacher naturalist for
ing for the original idea that they        listed as “species of special concern”     and other, living things. As Ted            Mass Audubon. He can be reached at
were terrestrial. In late fall they bur-   (SC). These are “native species which      Andrews reminds us in his book              jgass@massaudubon.org
row into undercut banks of wooded          have… suffered a decline that could        Animal Speak, “As the turtle cannot
Page 13


A Giant Among Us                                                 by Ellen Onorato

   In May, a fascinating tour of the       was slapped with an EPA enforcement         every citizen owes a bit of
renovated Riverdale Mill in                order in November of 1997 after             gratitude to the man, not only
Northbridge, MA allowed chemical           agents raided the plant. EPA agents         for employing scores of Valley
engineers and others an opportunity to     claimed that Riverdale Mills dis-           residents and renovating (and
learn about the state-of-the-art manu-     charged acidic rinse water with a pH of     saving) a wonderful, historic
facturing of wire-mesh products. This      less than 5 into the town sewer system.     property - but for his six years
tour was hosted by the WPI Venture              Owner Mr. James Knott, now in his      of tireless efforts and huge
Forum and The Association of               mid 70s though appearing to have the        costs to establish the truth.
Chemical Engineers and was free and        energy of a much younger man, had             Chatting with James Knott
open to the public. According to the       started his focused vision of creating a    and his wife only briefly, it
WPI information sheet, "Riverdale          better, lighter lobster trap (and other     was clear from a few accounts
Mills employs a unique process design      mesh products) with this 150+ year old      that he demands high stan-
minimizing waste and enhancing             neglected mill in 1979. Moving from         dards - with loyalty and the
worker safety. Riverdale Mills is the      Wellesley, MA, he and his wife              truth as being vital.
recipient of the 1999 Governor 's Prize    worked tirelessly to renovate the trou-         This EPA court case was
for Toxic Use Reduction and the 2002       bled property along the 16 acre             not an easy battle. The word
                                                                                                                          Plaque Outside of Office Entrance at Riverdale Mills
National Association of Manufacturers      millpond and Blackstone River dam on        "environment" is emotionally
Industrial Award of Merit (for work-       Riverdale Street. If that was not           charged as the impacts of actual, care-       putting it behind. He chose, instead, to
place safety)."                            enough challenge, they also rehabbed        less deeds have public ramifications.         demand the truth and stop the unbri-
   Riverdale's 394,000 square foot         four dilapidated residential properties     But Mr. Knott took on this battle as he dled actions that too often small busi-
facility , employing about 95-100 and      nearby while building their wire mesh       has other major hurdles in his life. He       ness cannot battle alone.
running three shifts, is equipped with     business into a multi-million dollar        proved that the evidence submitted by              The truth finally triumphed, with
high speed computerized wire drawing       leader by revolutionizing the lobster       the EPA agents had been falsified and         environmentalists even coming to
equipment and CNC welding                  trap and aquaculture business and           he won after years of being falsely           Knott’s defense. It’s great to find the
machines. Their proprietary PVC            more recently, providing prison wire.       accused.                                      truth, regardless of which side it’s on -
coating process, with the galvanized          For those unfamiliar with the details      It was the battle for the truth to          it seems too often the truth has all but
after welding (GAW) process has led        of the EPA raid and Mr. James Knott,        which we all owe Mr. Knott a grateful         disappeared! Thanks, Mr. Knott for
the way to minimize air pollution and      it is clear that many don't recognize the   nod. Recognizing that he had the              your vision and your demand for the
liquid waste streams while producing a     true "giant" of the man. Certainly, Mr.     resources and contacts to pursue this         truth.
                                                                                                                                     (http://www.riverdale.com/telegram8-15-04.htm)
stronger and more durable wire mesh        Knott is highly recognized in many          fight, he also could have shrugged it
product. Ironically, Riverdale Mills       circles internationally, but each and       off more easily - paying the fine and


Fishing,                 continued
                                            over. During the day, woolly buggers       fishing in deeper holes with cooler              and you're up for a bit of a drive, the
 stone wall ruins. This setting, free
                                            work well by imitating the abundant        water.                                           Quinnapoxet (the Quinnie) flowing
from the all-too-common eye sores
                                            Cray fish seen darting from rock to           Another section of the West worth             from the bottom-fed dam of the
of encroaching housing develop-
                                            rock with a careful eye. As far as dry     trying is the West Hill Dam area. Don            Wachusett Reservoir is a secluded
ments, provides an opportunity to
                                            flies, the white may fly pattern is a      Arthur has caught some lovely brook-             river that offers excellent trout fishing
enjoy a tranquil environment while
                                            favorite during this time of year.         ies at the base of the dam on Humpys,            throughout the entire season. The
also keeping an eye out for rises. So if
                                               Whether you are interested in fish-     a pattern found at Fin and Feather               Quinnie has all three major trout -
solitude is what you're after the West
                                            ing it day or night - now is the time!     sports. According to Mr. Arthur, trout           brown, brook and rainbow - and is
will not disappoint you because it's
                                            Towards the middle of summer, the          can be caught below the dam because              well stocked. If you go, drive three
highly unlikely a fellow fisherman
                                            fishing slows up because of rising         this is a prime spot for both food and           miles up River Road in Oakham and
will be crowding your hole.
                                            water temperature. Lake Wildwood's         increased oxygen levels. But if you              park next to the Quinnapoxet Falls
   The West offers all the major
                                            top-flowing dam warms the water            do fish the dam be careful because               Farm Stables. After walking over a
hatches of a New England trout
                                            quickly in the summer months which         there is a steep incline and the                 bridge along the foot path keep your
stream and if you are a daring soul,
                                            makes trout survival difficult. You        embankment may be slippery.                      eyes peeled
there is a magnificent night hatch of
                                            may, however, find good summer                If the West doesn't suit your needs           for an inconspicuous trail on your
hellgrammite that the trout go mad
                                                                                                                                        left. There you'll find a secret rainbow
                                                                                                                                        pool known only to my fishing part-
                                                                                                                                        ner, Mr. Jeff Wolf-Jeworski, and
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The Blackstone Canal,                                                                continued from page 5

from Smithfield,                                    1 box Cards from Wm. B. Earle; 4                  ing these newly partnered economic                The merchants of Boston also, quite
With 95 casks of Lime to D.                         boxes Cards from Chenery Hatch;                   entities, Providence and Worcester,               obviously, wanted a piece of the
Heywood, and                                        21 boxes Boots and Shoes from John                via newspaper subscriptions so that               lucrative business generated in the
Trees for S. Salisbury.                             Hubbard;                                          local businesses would know what                  center part of the state. The
                                                    6 tons Hay from Heard & Estabrook.                was happening in their partners com-              Providence & Worcester Railroad,
Cleared, Canal Boat Rhode Island, for                  One final note that clearly indicates          munity was as significant in 1828 as              still very much in existence today,
Providence, with Cards for                          the importance of the canal to the                it is today in 2005.                              would use major sections of the
Providence, and                                     region, again relates to the newspa-                 While it is true that the investors of         Canal's tow-path as the bed for its rail
Machinery for Ohio                                  pers. In an editorial dated November              the Blackstone Canal suffered finan-              as it replaced the "weak as water"
                                                    15, 1828, the Editors of the                      cial losses and that the Blackstone               canal route with the "strong as steel"
Tuesday, April 28                                   Massachusetts Yeoman wrote due to                 Canal Company was litigated exten-                railroad line to Providence in 1848.
Arrived, Canal Boat Washington, with                the development of the Blackstone                 sively over water issues with the mills           The Albany & Western Railroad
2 1/2 tons                                          Canal, "the increasing intercourse                of the Blackstone Valley, these nega-             would connect the harbor City of
Groceries, 50 bushels Corn, and 30                  between this town and Providence                  tives are small in comparison to the              Boston to the tremendously successful
casks                                               will probably induce many people,                 general benefit to the welfare of the             Erie Canal Terminus in Albany and
Lime to Gardiner Paine; 1 ton Pig                   especially businessmen, to take a                 region. The growth of the American                all through the City of Worcester.
Iron and 1 1/2                                      Providence newspaper. The Publishers              Entrepreneurial Spirit can be seen                    By 1850, Worcester would have 24
Ton Coal to Sumner Smith; 100                       of the Yeoman are agents for the                  through these examples of small busi-             trains arriving and departing to all
bushels Corn to Benjamin Porter;                    Rhode Island American, a paper of                 nesses seeing the vision of the canal             corners of the Northeast. It would
3 tons Groceries to H. Perrin; 10 bar-              established reputation, and which we              and using it to aid the growth and                grow from a tiny hamlet to a major
rels Flour to F. Merrifield;                        can recommend, from long acquain-                 development of their own concerns.                industrial city. It would be the center
3 tons Groceries to Geo. Perrin & Co.               tance with it, as an able and well                    Finally, the most significant clear           of an American Renaissance in New
- in all 23 tons.                                   credited journal of extensive circula-            indication of the success of the                  England with lyceums, literature, the
Cleared, Canal Boat Lincoln, Capt.                  tion. Subscriptions or Advertisements             Blackstone Canal was that within six              arts, reform movements and political
Brigham, with 2 boxes Books from C.                 for the American will be received at              years of the inaugural trip of the Lady           thought - all which can be attributed
Harris; 14 barrels Apples from E.                   this office and forwarded without                 Carrington to Worcester, Boston spon-             to the development of the small, but
Flagg; 1 1/2 tons furniture from the                expense."                                         sored a railroad to Providence in 1834            significant Blackstone Canal.
Captain;                                               This business approach to connect-             and a railroad to Worcester in 1835.

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EXPLORING THE BLACKSTONE RIVER: A GUIDE by Jeff Hickson
Blackstone MA to Woonsocket, R.I.                         Photos by Michael Castagnaro
Start: Blackstone Gorge Trail Head,          your boat and your ankles.                 caution as you are approaching within
County Road, Blackstone, MA                     Stories abound regarding the use of     75-100 feet of a low head wall dam.
NW 42 degrees 00.930                         this area by Native Americans. One         Location: N42 degrees 00.977 W
W 071 degrees 33.188                         story tells of the use of this cliff to    071 degrees 32.311
Access: Public                               drive deer over during hunting.               You DO NOT want to go over this
End: River St, Woonsocket, R.I.              Possible, but it is unconfirmed.           dam! This is a difficult portage
N 42 degrees 00.105                              If you are down on the west side       requiring you to lift your boat up and
W 071 degrees 31.076                         of the river below the cliffs, you will    over a set of steps and a 4 foot high
Access: Public at River Island Park,         find circular depressions in the rock      wall and then carry back down to the
Woonsocket                                   which are bowl shaped and smooth.          river over another wall. It is not a
Length: 5.5 miles                            Small pebbles are usually found in the     long portage (about 100 yards) , but it
Duration: 3-4 hours                          bottom of these depressions. Local         does require physical strength and
Experience Level: Intermediate               mythology would have you believe           caution.
                                             that these are the remnants of food           You enter into the water below the
Special Conditions: Caution: (3) dif-        preparation areas used by the Native       dam. There is a quick flow here with
ficult portages at dams, Caution             Americans. These depressions were          a short section of Class II white water
required before all!                         thought to be used to pound corn into      with exposed rocks at low flow condi-
                                             flour. Although an attractive local leg-   tions. Use strength and ferry to mid
GUIDE: (In Blackstone, look for              end, the real truth is that they are       river position before starting down-
signs off Rte 122 for the Blackstone         caused by small stones getting             stream. The paddling of this section is
Gorge. Follow signs to public parking        trapped in a crevice of the rock.          easy. The river changes its texture
lot. Parking at head of the gorge)           Rising waters during high flows cause      here. You are starting to enter the
   This trip on the Blackstone is just       these small stones to start swirling       most developed areas of Woonsocket,
downright odd and interesting. It            about. Over hundreds and thousands         R.I. As you do so, more mills, facto-
combines fairly strenuous walking            of years, they carve small bowl            ries and warehouses appear on the
portages, rural paddling and inner city      shaped depressions. They look              side of the river. The river banks are
paddling. This wraps almost every            smooth and manmade, but water is           more cluttered and the river changes
experience you can have on the               powerful and patient creating these        its feel.
Blackstone into one trip. You start          bowls over time.                              About two miles down from the
your trip at the South side trail               At the end of your long portage,        last portage, you have an alternative
entrance off of public parking at the        you reach a meadow. The river              exit at Cold Spring Park, located just
Blackstone Gorge in Blackstone, MA.          entrance is immediately to your right      1/3 mile south of the MA & RI border
   Be prepared for a strenuous 3/4           and about 150 yards away. Location:        on Rte 122. This picturesque park is
mile portage with gear through a gor-        N42 00.646 / W 071 degrees 33.103          located on the southbound side of Rte
geous young hardwood forest. The                This is a sheltered location, I some-   122. drive down the long access road
trail parallels the river on the east side   times come here just to picnic and         to the river.
following a rising cliff till it peaks       relax. This is a fairly easy entrance          Continue just about 3/4 miles
about 150’ above the river. Pay atten-       into the river. Take the time to paddle    downstream from this point to your
tion and you will find a scenic over-        upstream a little and you will be          portage Location: N42 00.105 W 071
look on the right. This overlook gives       rewarded with scenic views of the          degrees 31.076. You will carry your
you a perfect view of the rapids and         cliffs you just walked past. At this       boats up and to the public parking at
rocks that are causing you to portage.       point, paddle south. The paddling is       the corner of River St. and S. Main in
Caution here as slipping rocks and           easy and relaxed. The scenery is           Woonsocket, R.I. This is the end of
loose soil on the edge could cause a         beautiful. Take note of the old            this trip.
fall. The rapids you are portaging           Tupperware mill on the left. The rise          Stop and enjoy the historic down-
around are runnable at certain times         and fall of this company and its pres-     town and get a real wiener or fish and
of the year.                                 ence in the Blackstone Valley affected     chips. If you are continuing on
   In high spring waters or storm            thousands. Continue paddling south         the river, cross over to River Island
flows, this is a nice Class III section      about two miles. You will see three        Park. As always, PADDLE SAFE!
of rapids suitable for experienced           bridges close togther. Approach with
white water paddlers. For anyone else        caution on the right side. Your exit
or low flow conditions, you should           to the portage is located under the         NOTE: This trip and its continuation to Manville Dam will be available as a guided tour on Sunday,
                                                                                         July 24, 2005. Call Jeff at Wild Bird Gardens - 508-234-0111. Space is limited, so reserve early!
use this portage to save the bottom of       third bridge at the right. Use extra
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